Decorating Matters
I often wonder why I am drawn to beautify my spaces. Even watching others getting their spaces remodeled is engrossing for me. This is such a part of my life that my sons cringe when they see a paint roller in my hands. Their first priority now that they have their own space is to hang their Packers memorabilia, so I know they have the draw, too.

I ponder the question, why am I so drawn to decorating? There has to be more to it than what is apparent on the surface. I sense it is with the strong connection between creativity and spirituality. Listening to a spiritual leader say that there is no difference between prayer and art hits home for me. Also, reading what designer Nate Berkus says, “The things we touch and see are all part of our lives. It is not materialistic but an honoring of who we are.”Reading and hearing these words help to further define my draw to beautifying my spaces.

Color matters, with its energetic resonance. But now considering the things we put in our spaces makes sense as well. To have these things reflects our values, dreams, memories and personality; honoring who we are. When I delve into my attraction to DIY shows, it makes more sense now, too.

These makeover shows actually represent transformation. To witness dramatic transformation in 30 minutes or less is pretty amazing. It fuels my soul. It helps me see that transformation is possible, not only for myself but also for others. Remember earlier I said there is no difference between prayer and art? Well in a way, the transformation on makeover shows is a form of witnessing spiritual transformation. By participants being in the NOW of what is happening and being open to positive change, wonderful things can happen. In our own spaces, through the use of various colors, textures and things, we are creating an energy that represents and honors who we are and where we have been.

So the next time I ask myself if I am a design addict, I will reply no, I am addicted to spiritual transformation.

Teresa Van Lanen is a life coach and Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience. She works with individuals and groups to release blocks and increase their level of joy and happiness. Visit Teresa on facebook or her website www.makingartoflife.com . Teresa will be hosting SoulCollage® workshops and drop in courses through out the year.  Look for the two day SoulConnection workshop in May  by viewing www.makingartoflife.com  for details.

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