I believe all have an inner-designer WAITING to be unleashed.
She knows who she is and what she wants her life to look like, but may need a little clarity on how to get there. intenZenden is about literally designing our life from the inside out. Deciding what we want to experience first, and transforming our environment to support that vision, second. It’s like having goals. If we don’t write them down, we will not know where we are going. intenZenden is the practice of evaluating and reevaluating how we want to experience our daily lives in our space and then taking inspired action in that direction.
It is a hundred percent NOT about having the perfectly decorated space, or an overly organized and tidy home, or one that sparkles from corner to corner, but in creating the perfectly YOU-nique environment in which you feel happy and alive!
DESIGN TRUTH #1
There is much more to one’s space than meets the eye.
The truth is that everything within our environment is made up of visible and invisible energy and when you feel a certain way in a space you are responding to that energy. Our objective is to uplift it and get it moving. When we let go of items that no longer serve us and then surround ourselves by that which activates joy we feel an uplift in energy. We flow more gracefully through our lives. We feel better about ourselves and the world around us. We feel anchored, protected and safe. When we move things around and release stuck energy it is as if we are opening a valve to replenishment and new life.
DESIGN TRUTH #2
When we transform our environment what we are really after is a new and improved experience.
We wouldn’t spend the tens of thousands of dollars on home improvement if it were merely because we thought it would look pretty. We have outgrown our current situation. We want to feel different than we do now in our space. It’s no longer working for us. But many times our space is the first thing we put on the back burner. Maybe we believe that it doesn’t matter. Perhaps we never thought that our space has the potential to support us the way that it truly does. Whatever the reason be, when we begin to examine our homes and make positive changes, we are putting a snowball in motion that will extend into other areas of our life. We are making space for this new, brighter version of ourSelves. We are writing our future.
DESIGN TRUTH #3
When we give ourselves permission to look deeper and decide what we want to experience and then take inspired action to support that vision, we are on the road to true change and growth.
By aligning our intentions and actions we are sending a very strong message to the Universe that we are willing to do what is necessary to improve the quality of our lives. Think of it as if our homes are buzzing with excitement and joy and every single time we engage in a home or design improvement we are consciously adding to that buzz. Or another way to look at this concept is to envision our environment as a living, breathing Vision Board. We are constantly being reminded what it is we want for ourSelves simply by being present in the space. We have intended it so. Our environment is charged.
So how does it work?
Okay, so you may think this all sounds nice in theory, but what next. Where do we begin? What’s the action plan.
I created an empowering step-by-step process to assist you in creating a truly supportive environment. By releasing stuck energy, awakening dormant energy, and balancing & beautifying our space it will naturally become bustling with positive energy. It will feel lighter, happier, and brighter; a place where we feel free to experience our true selves. When we are in total harmony with ourselves and our environment we’re living our authenticity. We are in equilibrium. All is well.
Step One. This is how we press the go button and activate our space. The big picture stuff. It’s getting in our zone and giving ourselves permission to visualize, DREAM, think big, contemplate what we want our experience to look like there and then going there in our imagination. How are we feeling? What do we want to be doing? How do we see ourselves experiencing daily life? What colors do we see? What do we hear? Any scents in the space we are enjoying? This involves going deep and giving ourSelves space to create. And although this may not look like the traditional process of interior design, it is in fact the most important step as we are beckoning OUR interior to come forward so that we can breathe life into it. If we don’t know what it is we truly desire to experience, how do we expect to get there. This will give us a blueprint straight from our heart’s desire, our inner Self. It is about being really clear on how we want to spend our time and what our best life would look like if we could design it.
Step Two. What is working, what isn’t? This is where we take a good hard look at our life and situation at home by evaluate our current space. What areas of our lives could use a little TLC? We examine how we currently feel in our environment, how we spend out time and then get specific in how we would like to feel and spend our time. If we are not aware, our homes become dumping grounds for unconscious choices and we need to sort it out. We want to become really, really clear in what we allow and don’t allow in our life. In my previous work as an organizer, this would be the part we call decluttering. It’s assessing our belongings and keeping that which supports our vision we created in Step One. It can become quite addictive and FUN! Remember, there is no reason to keep something in our space if we don’t use it or love it. It’s really that simple.
Step Three. This is the point at which our inner designer comes raring out of the gates. The super fun part! We have made our intentions, decided on the belongings that support our intention and now have the key to designing our experience. Following a space clearing or blessing, it’s time to create our zenden. By integrating a variety East and West design principles and philosophies, we go to work.
Now the truth is that in reality our needs and desires will constantly be evolving, and our space should reflect this fact. Yes we can break this practice into individual steps, we will always be intending, assessing and creating simultaneously. The most important thing to take away is that when we are aware that our environment can shape our experience, we reclaim our power to co-create our lives.
But before we can go any further, we must look at what a home is in today’s world. It all begins with love.