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Spending Time in Soothing Spaces

October 8, 2012 4 comments

This is my Nineteenth post in a series, where each Monday (if possible) I will post about a point of reflection or insight that I will use to reflect and meditate on during the week. In order to make it a bit more focused and interesting, I will attempt to do this with topics beginning with letters from A to Z. I have often found that having a specific topic to reflect and/or meditate on during the week really lends itself to interesting insights and growth, because you not only have several days to reflect and meditate on the topic, but you have several days to put any lessons and insights that you discover to work in your every day life. For those that follow me on Twitter (@JasonLivingNow) I will try to write updates as the weekly topics come up during meditations, moments of reflection, or just during everyday life. To view the current and previous entries in this series, please visit the: Reflections and Insights A Through Z section.

The Cigar Lounge- My absolute favorite room in the Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple

S= Soothing Spaces: The spaces that we live and interact in have a great deal of impact on our moods, emotions, and general well being. If we live or work in cluttered spaces, feelings of being overwhelmed or disorganized will likely result. In the same vein, if we live or work in bleak spaces, feelings of inadequacy, stress, and even hopelessness may result. On the other hand, pleasing spaces that are warm and inviting, or pleasing natural environments, can drastically boost our mood, as well as our mental and physical well being. I know that this may seem out of place in regards to my more insightful posts in this series, but making spaces tidy, warm, and inviting, can do so much to boost mental health and general well being, that it is worth taking some time to explore.

Here are five steps that can be easily implemented to create soothing spaces:

1. Keep spaces tidy: This should go without saying, because as mentioned above, cluttered or dirty spaces can wreak havoc on our emotional well being. First, cluttered spaces cause our physical and visual senses to go into overdrive, because our minds instinctually seek order, so the more chaos and disorder that is present, the harder your mind has to work to make sense of the mess. Also, untidy spaces cause you to work harder and be less productive, because you have to search for items that you need.

2. Add Plants: Some of the people at my office swear that my office looks more like a greenhouse than an office. Studies have shown, that people who have plants in their work spaces are happier, more productive, more creative, and in general more satisfied with their jobs. There are a wide variety of indoor plants, that will grow in just about any lighting condition. To find a plant that works for your lighting environment, check out: This page from Gardening Know How.

3. Add Pleasing Scents: Science has proven that scents can dramatically effect our thoughts and emotions. By placing invigorating scents in our work spaces, we can become more mentally alert. Placing warm and inviting scents in our home is always a good idea (baking smells seem to always be popular, but may make you hungry). And incense is always appropriate for meditation or reflection spaces. Read more…

Reintegrating With Our True-Self

October 1, 2012 5 comments

This is my eighteenth post in a series, where each Monday (if possible) I will post about a point of reflection or insight that I will use to reflect and meditate on during the week. In order to make it a bit more focused and interesting, I will attempt to do this with topics beginning with letters from A to Z. I have often found that having a specific topic to reflect and/or meditate on during the week really lends itself to interesting insights and growth, because you not only have several days to reflect and meditate on the topic, but you have several days to put any lessons and insights that you discover to work in your every day life. For those that follow me on Twitter (@JasonLivingNow) I will try to write updates as the weekly topics come up during meditations, moments of reflection, or just during everyday life. To view the current and previous entries in this series, please visit the: Reflections and Insights A Through Z section.

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R= Reintegrating With Our True-Self: In Psychology reintegration involves the unification of the various subparts of the psyche into a balanced and harmonious state. According to most psychological models, the human psyche is composed of various conscious and unconscious subparts, all of which fight for control of our conscious awareness. If these various subparts are not explored and reintegrated into a balanced state, various forms of psychosis may result.

The Swiss psychologist Dr. Carl Jung (1875-1961), who founded the field of analytical psychology, believed that reintegration, which he referred to as “Individuation“, was an absolutely necessary process for every human being. According to Dr. Jung, we are each born with a sense of wholeness, or completeness; however, as we grow out of childhood, our sense of wholeness is lost, due to various repressed memories, life events, societal expectations, etc. Therefore, for Jung, the process of Individuation (reintegration), involved exploring, correcting, and unifying the various subparts of the psyche, so that we can regain our sense of wholeness, which is our true-self.

While the science of psychology is a relatively new field, the various religions and spiritual traditions have long dealt with the process of reintegration. Most of the world religions, especially the Abrahamic religions, have a creation story that involves a peaceful beginning at the dawn of creation; however, each of these stories also involves a story regarding the fall of man. In the Abrahamic religions, there is the story of Adam and Eve, who originally dwelt in the Garden of Eden; however, after eating the forbidden fruit of knowledge, they were cast out of the garden by God. The creation myths closely mirror Dr. Jung’s theory, where we are each born with a sense of wholeness, which is basically a psychological garden of Eden; however, as we grow and develop we are cast out of the proverbial garden, and separation occurs. Read more…

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