Friday, October 2

The A, B, C's Of A Nurturing Home...

Here's a lovely alphabet list taken from the book Home Sweeter Home - Creating A Haven Of Simplicity And Spirit by Jann Mitchell.

A home which offers more than simply shelter to its occupants provides...

Appreciation, honoring of Ancestors, space for an Altar (*see info at end)
Beauty
Comfort, Coziness, Convenience
Dreams



Enough (and not too much)
Forgiveness and Friendliness
God (or recognition of something greater than ourselves)
Hugs and Honesty


Image from We Heart It via Deviant Art.

Inspiration
Joy
Kids (or at least recognition of the child within us all)
Light



Music and Meditation
Nurturance and Nature
Openess of heart and mind
Pets and Plants


Image from We Heart It via The Daily Kitten.


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Quiet and Quilts
Reverence for the sacred in everyday life
Solitude and Serenity
Touch and Texture



Unclutteredness
View and Vision
Whimsey
Xtra helpings of love when you and others need them


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You, present to the moment, and those you love
Zest for living.


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*From above - An altar in this sense is refering to a personal altar. You may already have one and not even know it. A mantel with treasured photos, a windowsill displaying a few loved items, a table with some objects paying homage to nature - rocks, shells, a lovely twig and leaves. An altar is a place to represent the things you are working on bringing into your life, the things you wish to pay respect and gratitude to.

Ask yourself: 'Does my home manifest many of the ABC's of a nurturing home?'

Which leads to: 'How can I create a more nurturing atmosphere within my home? What's missing?'

Because: Your home is what you make it..... you can choose to consciously create an atmosphere that cradles, nurtures, and supports you throughout your life.

NB. It's Julia's weekly blog party today over at Hooked On Houses. Join in the fun and see what everyone is 'hooked on' today!

It's also Beautiful Life Friday over at Melissa's 'The Inspired Room'. Visit to see what others find beautiful today!

Cheers,

Linda.

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12 comments:

  1. The kitty and child with dog photos are heartwarming!

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  2. Hi Fifi! I especially like the second cat! I've seen my cat with that mischevious look in her eyes lots! Thanks for visiting.

    Linda. x :)

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  3. Love all the quotes and fun pictures- you made my night- =)

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  4. Hi Teresa!

    Thanks, I had fun doing this post, glad you liked it!

    I think I've come back to look at that second cat about 5 times today.... I really do love him! He looks like he's about to go wild or about to pounce on something!

    I'd love to have a big pic of him on my wall - lol!

    Linda. x :)

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  5. What a great list. Isn't it nice that it talks about joy, hugs, comfort, inspiration, and not granite countertops, a steam shower or the latest flat screen TV. Worth remembering what's really important!

    I'm with you, the second cat is a superstar!!

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  6. Hi, thanks for stopping over. I really enjoyed this post and like a previous poster said the dog and cat pics are tooo cute!

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  7. Loved the A,B,C's. I think that is the alphabet that every one should learn. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Very heartwarming... you're right home should be a place for nourishing. I especially love the last quote: "Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

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  9. This is a PERFECTLY beautiful post! Very well said. And that kitten at the bottom is sooo cute.

    By the way, I am having my first giveaway on my blog if you're interested!

    http://www.mooreminutes.com/2009/09/pleated-poppy-giveaway.html

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  10. Hi everyone and thanks for visiting and all your lovely comments! It was so nice to wake up this morning to a gorgeous weekend and blog friends!

    Linda. x :)

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  11. You collected lovely pictures from all over. I love seeing all these photos. Especially the photo from the Apartment Therapy is stunning. That room looks beautiful. I agree that home is what you make it. I always keep it in my mind when I decorate our new house at a new country every time we move. Thanks also for leaving me a comment. That meant a lot to me! I agree, BYW group is a wonderful group to network. Kaho

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I'm very grateful for your participation.

Until next time may your home be full of lots of love, laughter, and life!

Linda. xx

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