Do you have a sacred space at home that’s just for you? Somewhere you can go to take a break from the outside world. A tranquil area where you can breathe deep, sit in meditation, practice yoga, or just exist. A place that encourages quietness. If you don’t have a space like this in your home, we highly recommend creating one.
But how do you actually go about creating such a space? To help you get started, we reached out to wellness, meditation, yoga, and spirituality experts from San Francisco, CA to Markham, Ontario for their best tips on creating a sacred space at home. See what they have to say so you can start transforming a room or nook into your own personal sanctuary.
1. Begin by cleaning your space. Vacuum, wash the floors, and wipe down surfaces. Then you can move through the house, ringing a bell to break up any stagnant energies. By removing the old dusty energies lingering about in the corners, it sets the stage then to begin raising the vibration with whatever herbs and stones you chose. – Rhianna Mirabello, Owner, Visionary, and Creatrix at Dreaming Goddess
2. A sacred space starts with a simple seat. This can be a chair, cushion, yoga mat, or prayer rug. It must be clean, comfortable, used consistently, and preferably for no other purpose. The sacredness lies not in the fanciness of the space but in the intention, faith, and sincerity of the sitter. – Newark Center for Meditative Culture
3. Add items that bring a sense of serenity and connection to nature. Light some candles, or a fire in your fireplace. Add a water feature – trickling water soothes the mind. Beautiful geodes, crystals, and stones placed on a shelf or bowl to draw in the earth’s energy. Chimes by a window or attached to your door bring a whimsical sense of lightness to capturing the essence of air. If you have a bright room, adding plants will help to purify the air, along with the meditative and nurturing intent of supporting life. – Sacred Space
4. Choose an area that is well ventilated and quiet, where there is minimal foot traffic. You may wish to place sacred objects there such as candles, incense, flowers, precious stones, photographs of loved ones, etc. Most importantly, keep the space clean, pleasant, and clutter-free. – Yoga Chicago
5. Spend some time thinking about what makes a space sacred for you. The first and most important thing to do when setting a sacred space is to set your intentions. Think about what this space means to you and how you want to feel. Focus on creating a space that looks amazing and feels amazing – thinks soft colors and textures, big cushions and comfy throws, and a fluffy rug. You want to create a space that invites you to feel that something sacred can happen. For some energetic support, I always recommend taking four pieces of Ametrine, cleansing them in sunlight or moonlight, and then placing one in each corner of the room. This stone is a powerhouse combination of Citrine and Amethyst and is good for balance and serenity. – Clare The Life Healer
6. Engage all of the senses. Soft, comfy furniture for touch. An audio player preset with meditation music. Your favorite essential oils diffused in the room providing a comforting scent. Window darkness to keep out any extra light. – ReJuve
7. Burn sage or herbal mixes. Clear negativity from the space using white or blue sage or any herbal mix that contains lavender and/or cedar. Burning these banishes heavy energies from the space and creates a lighter, more relaxing atmosphere. You can use sage and/or lavender spray if you’d rather avoid smoke. – Diane Wing
8. Celebrate the cycle of the year with a simple seasonal altar. A favorite candle, statue, or crystal and some fresh greenery from outdoors is all that you need. A pretty serving tray – like vintage silver plate or bamboo – is a compact way to showcase your seasonal treasures. Your altar can be refreshed whenever you feel the seasons changing. – Grove and Grotto
9. Connect with what is sacred to you. Whether that is the love of the Earth, a dream of peace on the planet, or a connection with an exemplar like Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or Dolly Parton, you can let your love of what is sacred to you inspire the design of your special space. – Chris Maddox, The Wild Woman Project
10. To find your sacred space, spend some time in meditation and prayer. Ask that you may be shown a location in your home that will work as a sacred space. Then, commit to a time of day that you will go there; daily. By doing these two things, you will find that your inner peace and your ability to receive insights and inspirations will heighten and expand: creating more light and joy in your life. – Keira Poulsen
11. Let your sacred space elevate you. As you enter into this intentional space, let yourself elevate beyond the ordinary of the routine of our days. In this space, let yourself see the divine, the sacred, the incredible nature of this moment. We take life for granted, but in this intentional space, let yourself fully appreciate the sacredness of life. – Zen Habits
12. Transform an average room into a soothing sanctuary with an essential oil room spray. Use lavender essential oil to promote relaxation, lemon, and peppermint to create an uplifting mood or patchouli and rose to bring out your inner peace. To transform your space, fill a 4 oz. glass spray bottle with 4 tbsp. of water, 2 tbsp. of alcohol, and add 30 drops of your favorite essential oil. – Matrix Aromatherapy
13. Liven up your space with house plants. Trying to bring as much nature inside as possible is extremely therapeutic. – Essentia Aromatherapy
14. Add a yoga hammock set. With the influx of online tutorials and communities, creating a special relaxing space in your home and developing a home yoga practice is easier than ever. One way to elevate this space is to add a yoga hammock set. The yoga hammock can be an amazing tool for motivation, relaxation, and a helping hand in your yoga poses. Especially when you need some help to keep the motivation; seeing your dedicated space and your gorgeous hanging hammock every day will encourage you to practice, even if just for a few minutes a day. – Uplift Active
15. Light candles. Candles are known for their soothing properties and are an essential part of creating a relaxing space in any room – nothing compares to their soft, natural light and flickering glow. – Zen Den Candles
We love lighting a candle, sipping on a warm cup of tea, reading a book, and playing soft instrumental music in the background. Disconnecting from technology and focusing on the peace around us with the crackle of our wood-wick candle is calming. – Thea Candle Co
16. Let your sacred space find you. Wander around your home until you know where your space should be, and then sit there. Honor and thank your sacred space by inhabiting it with all your senses. Light incense or bring fragrance, light a candle, sing a little and say words of thanks, make a small food offering (and taste some), have a cup of tea, and then just sit down and trust your space to open the moment to your heart and mind. – Springs Mountain Sangha
17. Create a sacred space in your bathtub. Your bathtub can be so much more than a place to clean up. Think of it as more of a wellness destination, surrounding it with an enticing display of fragrant essential oils, luminous candles, and luxurious bath and body products that you can’t wait to put to use. – Inspired Interiors
18. Transform your living room into a sanctuary. We decided to leave our living room completely empty of furniture so that there’s enough room for our family of seven to do yoga & meditation together every day. Instead of furniture, our living room has lots of yoga mats, blocks, straps, massage tools, lacrosse balls for myofascial release, sound bowls, an essential oil diffuser, and crystals. – Nomads With A Purpose
19. Keep your space clutter-free. The size or location of the space doesn’t matter as long as it stays clutter-free. Too many items (including decoration) can have a negative effect on mental, physical, and spiritual health. – The Mindful MD Mom
20. Be intentional and have a clear vision of why you want to make this special happy place. Our homes are our sanctuaries, and often we lose perspective of the power we have in the creation process of our life experiences. It is important to remember that what we think expands. A space full of higher vibrations can help us maintain a positive outlook. A sacred home space can be achieved, for example, by using essential oil diffusers, plants as a way of detoxifying the air, music with a certain beat that can trigger feel-good emotions in us, or special lighting for a better mood, among many others. – Zen Living Realty
21. Look inside to find inspiration for your sacred space. A sacred space begins outside of time and place. It begins with intention; with your willed thinking; fired up by enthusiasm in your feeling life. Take your intention into your sleep for three days and see what inspirations arise. You don’t need an outside expert to tell you to do this or that. Trust that your higher-self will speak to you. – Reverse Ritual
22. Your space should be a reflection of things that give you inner peace. First, you must eliminate distractions or any attention to the outside world. Secondly, you want to include elements that are calming to your senses such as a comfortable cushion or chair, lightly scented incense or essential oil, Tibetan singing bowls or a bell, diffused lighting such as Himalayan salt lamps and Shoji or Mashrabiya screens to filter light. Third, bring in the elements of nature such as a chalice or fountain of water, live flowers or plants, quartz crystals or natural gemstones and candles. – Hearts Rise Up
23. Create a sacred space in a quiet corner. Bring steadiness to the mind and peacefulness to the conscious by finding a quiet corner in a sunlit room. Surround your space with a few meaningful tokens, a salt lamp for ambient lighting, and a stack of yoga blankets—which may serve as seating, props for yoga, or a warm wrap. Oh yes, and have a cat nearby. – Phebe Phillips Blog
24. Style the space with a focus on personal comfort, joy, and inspiration while stimulating your five senses. For example, a couch in a texture and color you love adorned with plush pillows and blissful blankets that you can wrap yourself in, making you feel supported and comforted each time you sit down; artwork that stirs positive emotion in you, serving as a reminder of your personal power and goals; warm lighting illuminating from a salt lamp or chandelier creating feelings of comfort and relaxation; and the sound of wind chimes outside a nearby window or soft music that soothes. All of these entice your senses, providing comfort, joy, and inspiration thus creating a sacred and welcoming space in your home. – Sugar Moon Bloom
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Homebuying has been on the rise over the past few months, with record-breaking sales powering through the market in June and July. Buyers are actively purchasing homes, and the momentum is continuing into the fall. It is, however, becoming harder for buyers to find homes to purchase. If you’ve been thinking about selling your house, the coming weeks might just be the timing you’ve been waiting for.
According to the Pending Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR):
“Pending home sales in July achieved another month of positive contract activity, marking three consecutive months of growth.
The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings, rose 5.9% to 122.1 in July. Year-over-year, contract signings rose 15.5%. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001.”
This means that for the past several months, buyers have signed an increasing number of contracts to purchase homes – well above where the market was at this time last year. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR notes:
“We are witnessing a true V-shaped sales recovery as homebuyers continue their strong return to the housing market…Home sellers are seeing their homes go under contract in record time, with nine new contracts for every 10 new listings.”
Below is a graph that shows the impressive recovery of homes sales compared to previous years. The deep blue v marks the slowdown from this spring that turned into an exponential jump in sales that followed through the summer, skyrocketing above years past:
What Does This Mean for Sellers?
If you were thinking about putting your house on the market in the spring but decided to wait due to the health crisis, it may be time to make your move. Buyers are in the market right now. With so few homes available to purchase, homeowners today are experiencing more bidding wars, creating an optimal time to sell.
Is This Trend Going to Continue?
As CNBC notes, there are no signs of slowing buyer demand this fall:
“The usual summer slowdown in the housing market is not happening this year. Buyers continue to show strong demand, spurred by the new stay-at-home world of the coronavirus and by record-low mortgage rates.”
Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, concurred:
“In a typical year in the housing market, buyer interest begins to wane before seller interest causing the usual seasonal slowdown as we move into the fall. Due to a delayed spring season and low mortgage rates, we could see buyer interest extend longer than usual into the typically quieter fall. Whether this means more home sales will depend on whether sellers participate or decide to stay on the sidelines.”
As Hale mentioned, homeowners who are willing to sell their houses right now will play a big role in whether the trend continues. The market needs more homes to satisfy ongoing buyer demand. Maybe it’s time to leverage your equity and move up while eager home shoppers are ready to purchase a house just like yours.
If your current home doesn’t meet your family’s changing needs, let’s connect to help you sell your house and make the move you’ve been waiting for all year.
Questions about your local market? Curious about how much is your home worth in today's market? Contact us for a free ZEN consultation!
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“Weeding is an inevitable part of gardening that I actually enjoy. There’s something about clearing away those unwanted weeds that is meditative and satisfying.”
How often do you get “Garden Overwhelm”? In the South Eastern US and especially in the rainy mid-summer months, gardening can seem like a never-ending job.
And this year more than most years, we are also experiencing more weather extremes, which creates even more overwhelm. This can make you feel like “throwing in the trowel.”
I have 7 tips to continue to enjoy your garden, keep it productive, and not kill yourself.
Here are the seven tips:
1. Make a list of what needs to be done. Keep in mind that it can change based on the weather. I use a blank garden journal to keep a record. This way, you have a garden history book on what is working (or not) to produce a healthy garden while pinpointing what needs to be done more urgently.
2. Remember it is progress, not perfection in the garden. Give yourself credit for what gets done each time you work. You will always see something that needs to be done later.
3. Leave some parts of your garden, wild and messy. Knowing those areas are habitat for pollinators, birds, frogs, and other beneficial garden mates.
4. Focus on the areas that get the most traffic, such as beds around your front door and edging around beds and adding thick layers of mulch. I love pine needles these days. They look great and are less expensive than bark. They also reduce future Weeding and keep your plants moist in our hot climate.
5. If watering is too time-consuming for you, try adding some type of drip irrigation system to keep your plants adequately watered.
6. Know when you to reduce the size of your working garden if it’s not enjoyable anymore. There are many ways to make your garden easier to maintain.
7. Keep your soil healthy, so your plants grow and naturally shade out weeds.
Let me know your most significant “Garden Overwhelm,” and I will help you come up with a plan to tackle it.
Written by Rey Perez | About Rey | mindfulrealtors.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Way to Garden’s Margaret Roach, the gardening columnist, author, and podcast host. Margaret was a senior publishing executive before leaving the corporate life in 2007 to become an organic gardening advocate. And dedicate more time to gardening on her two-acre property in upstate New York. She never looked back.
Why is that one tiny tool is responsible for putting all of IKEA's furniture together? And how is it that they don't expect you to lose it while moving? Sometimes that prepackaged convenience isn't, well, convenient. Instead of getting cookie-cutter furniture, explore local consignment shops to discover vintage and unique finds. Not only will you be adding a one-of-a-kind piece to your home, but you'll also be lowering your carbon footprint by keeping an item out of a landfill. Check out some of our favorite consignment shops in Orlando.
A self-proclaimed funky retailer, 1618 Something Different offers a wide range of vintage furniture, including chairs, couches, and more. The inventory changes frequently, so keep an eye out for a piece that fits your style!
"Love this store. The inventory rotates pretty often. Great stuff at reasonable prices… Also, they carry a lot of small, decorative items which most furniture stores don't." - Avid Antiquer, Google Reviews
With locations in Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, and Winter Garden, Adjectives is a great place to buy vintage furniture and antiques and new and unique home decor. From dinner tables to sofas to lamps, you're sure to find something that fits your style.
"Great antique market! Several different booths from local vendors so prices and variety of things you will find here should continue to vary." - Steven Golab, Google Reviews
From Ethan Allen to Thomasville, All the Right Stuff Consignment Furniture offers a range of gently used, upscale furniture. Located on Edgewater Drive, All the Right Stuff has been in business since 1998. Their facility is roughly 5,000 square feet, and they have an inventory worth the space! Check out their Facebook for their newest offerings.
"Fantastic place!! Highly recommend checking it out!" - Sandra Velasquez, Google Reviews
You're sure to find a piece that fits your style in A T Furniture & Antique's 20,000 square foot showroom. Their services include quality new, used, and antique furniture sales. A family-owned operation, they have been in business since 1975 and also offer refinishing, stripping, and repairs.
"These are the nicest people and very professional. They have been in the same location for over 35 years and have a wide array of quality furniture and many other things. They also offer repairing and refinishing. Great place!!" - Hardy Hudson, Google Reviews
Shop Top Drawer Consignment's inventory from the comfort of your own home! Add sparkle with a chandelier or store your clothes with style in a century chest. Keep an eye on their prices — they often mark when items are going on sale.
"This place is by far the BEST consignment shop I have ever had the pleasure of shopping. The selection here is always incredibly diverse. The quality of merchandise you are going to find here will blow you away! We have made some amazing finds here, and always feel like we are treasure hunting whenever we walk through their doors. To top it off, the building itself is adorable!" - Robby Burroughs, Google Reviews
Shopping at a consignment shop adds personality to your home, giving it a unique voice among a sea of cookie-cutter furniture. Whether you're looking for a new home or selling your current one, Zen Living Realty can help. Because we develop a relationship with each client during the Orlando realty process, we can help you decide exactly where that antique sewing table should go. Give us a call at (407) 800-2717 to speak with one of our TEAM ZEN members or visit our website to start your VIP home search.
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If you're getting ready to move, whether you are trying to sell your home or you've already purchased a new one, one of the first things that tend to cause stress in the process is the fear of packing all of your stuff. Whether you've been in your current space for a few months or several years, you've probably accumulated plenty of things you use and love and even more items you haven't touched since you brought them home. Now is the perfect time to purge those items and start fresh in your new home with intentional decor and less clutter. Here are some of the things you'll save when you let go:
Instead of waiting until you're ready to move, start sorting through your items now. Sell, donate, or trash the things that you've decided don't have a place in your future home. When you're ready to pack up for your move, you'll save so much time because you'll have less to pack (and unpack).
Maybe some of the stuff you're considering letting go of is worth something. If that is the case, consider having a garage sale or selling your clothes to resale boutiques. Donate or dispose of whatever you don't sell. Not only can you make money, but you can save money by moving less stuff. You may be able to fit what you love into a smaller moving truck if you get rid of those items that have gone unused for years!
Sometimes items can take up a great deal of emotional energy. It is often in our nature to cling to things that may have meant something in our past, but have no place in our future. Get rid of that baggage and create an intentional environment with positive energy in your new home.
Instead of taking the clutter from your current place into your new home, save space by getting rid of it now. Open spaces in your new home will bring you peace of mind and joy. At Zen Living Realty, our goal is to make real estate easy and safe for you! We will be sharing next a list of the top 5 consignment shops in Orlando for your convenience. Stay tuned for our next blog post!
If you've done all this saving and you're ready to save even more on a new home, give us a call 407-800-2717!
I recently read an article* about a study that was done on the health benefits of gardening. It reported the many benefits of gardening and how it creates high levels of meaningfulness, especially vegetable gardening! It also found it creates a feeling of emotional wellbeing and gardeners are just as happy doing it solo as with a buddy. I could not agree more.
I find that gardening for me is also a great form of:
When I work in my garden, I become very present and focused on what I am doing. It calms my mind and gives me a great workout as I weed, transplant, cutback and pay close attention at my garden’s health. These are all the basic skills of mindfulness.
As the article I read states, planting veggies especially from seed is the most rewarding gardening experience. This is where patience comes into play. With vegetables, you must plant them, wait for them to come up, and nurture them with good organic materials and soil to keep them healthy, so they produce bountiful crops.
Also, there is no rushing them to grow and so it forces me to have faith in the process of nature.
As a real estate professional and avid gardener, I think that new communities and even established ones should incorporate into the home landscapes as well as common areas more opportunities for people to garden. I believe the benefits are proven and I think creating an area with some raised dirt and a trowel is cheaper to build than a new rec center or clubhouse that many times go largely unused.
I hope you enjoyed my first of a series of gardening thoughts and ideas. I like to think that I am a garden coach of sorts and would love to connect with folks to discuss gardening as well as their real estate needs. I also plan on writing more about my garden experiences moving forward and including them in our ZEN Blog.
Rey has lived in the Orlando/Central Florida area since 1989. He has been actively involved in the real estate market since 1994 successfully buying, renovating, and selling homes in the area. In today's digital world, buyers and sellers are looking for more than someone to find and or sell a home. They are looking for someone that can expertly and mindfully guide them through the process. Rey brings a strong understanding of the residential market, expert negotiating skills and a customer-first philosophy to help each customer navigate through the steps involved in making one of the most important life and investment decisions a smooth and rewarding experience for all parties involved in each real estate transaction. Rey is a graduate of The University of Florida and holds various real estate certifications and continues to make time for ongoing training to be on top of his profession. Rey also is a certified yoga instructor and brings those philosophies into his life and career. Rey’s hobbies include gardening, yoga, and travel.
It’s only a hassle if you’re not in control. There are a lot of ways to do investment property wrong, but here are the ways to do it right so that it’s an asset, not a nuisance.
Be picky about the property. While you don’t need to purchase anything high-end, always choose something you could live in with no problem. The neighborhood is decent. The roof doesn’t leak. There are no mold or pest issues.
If you’re not handy, find someone that is to help you out. Houses need maintenance. Taking care of your property is part of the business of ownership.
Buy extended warranties on the appliances. If something goes wrong, you can get them repaired or replaced instead of having to buy new ones.
Take charge of the pool care, landscaping, pest control and other services. Your tenants will be happier, and your property will be better for it.
Have a strong rental contract or lease agreement. Get expert advice so that you’re in compliance with all tenant laws, but don’t leave yourself open to fishy situations.
Hire a management service if you aren’t able to handle the day-to-day personally. Remember, rental property isn’t mobile, so if your career moves you across the state or across the country, you don’t want to have to sell the rental before you can move. At Zen Living Realty we only partner with the best professionals in the industry. We can help you connect the dots.
Owning a rental property is a long term investment. You won’t make your money back in the first year, or even the first several. It’s a long term investment. Don’t plan to live solely on the money unless you can invest in several rental units. But if you do it right, you’ll have a reliable source of passive income that will see you through your retirement years. Eventually, you’ll be able to exit your day job and live on the overage.
Spend time with a real estate professional experienced in buying investment properties. Let them know your long term goals and how you envision your rental property business. They can help you find properties, management services, contractors for repairs and even recommend a pool guy.
If you're looking to buy an investment home, we suggest you contact one of our agents or visit our website to chat, search for homes or schedule a virtual consultation. We can help you analyze the income potential of any homes and determine what sales price would make most sense to maximize your return on investment!
The one question our Zen customers are always asking is "How's the market?” For the last few years, the answer has been, Great! Orlando and Central Florida — as well as many other areas in the nation — have experienced a steady increase in home values. This increase has been driven by low unemployment and a low home inventory, creating a very positive scenario mainly for sellers with homes selling relatively fast at a very good market price and in some cases, under multiple offers.
But, what about the buyers? This doesn’t always paint a great picture because low inventory creates many challenges when it comes to finding a dream home. Negotiating repairs or even trying to get any seller concessions toward closing costs can become difficult. On the bright side for buyers, interest rates have reached record lows. For those whose goals have been to buy and hold on to long term investment properties, the panorama has been even better with higher market rents allowing for more return on their investments, in some cases.
The question has been shifted now to: “How's the market been affected by COVID-19?” — and even more frequently asked—What's going to happen to the market after COVID-19?
The honest answer to both questions, is that nobody really knows for sure. However, as experts in the Real Estate Market, we analyze the data and study the consumer behavior of our own relatives, friends, and past customers to come to our own conclusions.
So here's what you need to know about the Orlando real estate market:
We agree with Mr. Stewart's statement. However, when talking to experts in the stock market we have a more positive outlook and believe that the market may be softening a bit within the next few months, but this would potentially create a better scenario for buyers as long as interest rates remain low.
If we start seeing more tenants defaulting on their rents due income loss, we may see some sellers entering the market and increasing the home inventory, much needed for a balanced market. Also, some of the renters that have steady income may be more eager to buy their first home rather than keep paying higher rents towards someone else's mortgage.
To sum it up, we believe there will be opportunities for both sides and that people — perhaps now more than ever — appreciate and value having a home! Staying at home these days, is literally a life saver. I don't know you, but I rather be home in a place I love and appreciate than being stuck in a space that does not bring me joy. If that is the case, please call your Team ZEN and as your local trusted real estate experts we can discuss your best options and mindfully execute a smart plan for you that will include a ZEN experience when working with us!
Stay home. Stay safe.
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