Monday, January 12, 2009

Lavendar Dreams (Revisited)


Here's another "oldie but goodie" from my 2008 writing. I think it was the second piece I wrote for my blog.

Every woman needs a room of her own, especially when she arrives at mid-life. Men seem to find this space earlier in the form of an office or workshop or perhaps the fishing bank. My husband once commented after a day of fishing that he found being out in nature was a spiritual experience for him. He could sense the Creator in the beauty around him. I'm sure many men and women have experienced the same feeling and it's not uncommon to find a state of peace while gardening.

As I have mentioned before, I created a space in my backyard garden, where this same peaceful state of mind could easily exist; where the Spirit could be nourished. As fall and winter settled in on us I searched for the same "healing place" I had found in my summer garden. I decided in December (2007) to turn our guest room into my "Serenity Room". It would be a place to pray and meditate, read, write, listen to music and dance if I felt like it.

The room was perfect with it's pale lavender walls and cream colored carpet. Now all it needed was the right accessories. I wanted each picture, vase, pillow, chair, candle, quilt and figurine to have special meaning; evoking positive attitudes and tranquility.

Robert Brault once said, "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Small things make up the content of my quiet room. Joy is found in soft music, beloved books, candlelight, letters well written, soft pastels, fluffy pillows and the down comforter.

Whether, inside or out-of-doors, give yourself permission to relax and rest in a space of your own. The opportunity to be alone for a few moments is priceless. Listen to your favorite music, have lunch on the patio-- served up on your favorite china and crystal, take a nap in the afternoon (delicious), daydream, read poetry, write in your journal, pray, dance.

Treat yourself as you would a welcomed guest.

Enjoy!

Copyright 2008 By-Barbara Davis

13 comments:

Joanne said...

Just beautiful, Barbara. There is much truth here, and the writing itself is as serene as the Serenity Room you suggest.

Janna Qualman said...

So true. I've realized the importance of such a space myself. Would you mind showing us a picture of your Serenity Room? (I understand if not; that might make it seem less sacred.)

Angie Ledbetter said...

You've done the same with your beautiful blog home too. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Linda Reznicek said...

That would probably be my barn in spring/summer/fall--in the winter, the whole house feels like my Serenity Room when everyone's away at school or work. Nice post.

Barbara said...

Joanne- Thank you.

Barbara said...

Janna- I've shown the room before and will try to do it again soon. Enjoy your space.

Barbara said...

Angie- Thank you.

Barbara said...

Linda- I always feel serene when I visit your wonderful home.

heather said...

I feel more relaxed just reading that! Very soothing.

Barbara said...

Heather- Thank you for reading my post.

Pat's Place said...

A number of years ago I discovered that I needed a quiet place in which I could breathe deeply and regain my energy, equilibrium and so on. Your article is confirmation of that truth that I had discovered.

Barbara said...

Pat- Thanks.

Vikki G said...

Barbara,
your room sounds lovely~ And I do believe that anyone who has not experienced the unconditional love of an animal is missing out. They really are a blessing from God.
Vikki