Monday, January 13, 2014

Fun Monday Challenge #33 - Create a Relaxation Recipe

"Family and Books" collage by Lani,  textures by FlyPaper.
I'm playing with my junk journal/recipe book idea (see previous post) and I've decide my recipe book will  contain Recipes for Relaxation. 

I was looking at the apartment therapy blog and found one post on creating a quiet space.  They suggest that we identify a quiet corner of a room or even just a couch.  Perhaps a spot facing a window.  Just a quiet place to breathe and slow down.  They suggest we clear out distractions from this corner.  Eliminate "stuff" from our view (I'm thinking maybe this is why zen monks face a wall to meditate?)  Find a special pillow or cushion with "sumptuous textures" (love that idea - mmmm) and maybe a soft throw for our quiet corner.  They also suggest creating a bit of a barrier for our corner, like a tall plant or a screen.  They also suggest soft light, like candle light, or perhaps a fire place.  They suggest spend time in this corner when we are in a good mood, perhaps deliberately thinking of positive memories or the good things we are grateful for today.  The idea being if we become stressed we can seek out our quiet corner which we associate with good feelings.  Nice, right?

So for this Fun Monday Challenge, create a Relaxation Recipe art piece, something which might remind you of a quiet, happy space when ever you see it.  As always feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool.

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