The term holistic is being used everywhere these days. If we can achieve a holistic health and well-being for our bodies, can we do the same within our home environment? Yes, and I’ll show you how in the first of this four part series…

Does your home have an effect on your overall health and well-being?

Can your home be a source of empowerment and peace?

The term holistic is being used everywhere these days – holistic medicine, holistic branding, holistic education, holistic ecology. Last week while at a networking event, I even heard someone call themselves a holistic financial planner – say what?

So what is holistic, how is it really defined? The online source Your Dictionary defines holistic as “Relating to the idea that things should be studied as a whole and not just a sum of their individual parts.”
Does that help you understand holistic a little better, or just confuse the heck out of you? Sorry online dictionary, but it definitely confuses me. I think it’s a lot simpler. My interpretation is this… one part of a machine cannot stand on its own without the others, and when one is out of balance it affects the entire machine.

Many yogis say that for us to be truly whole beings, we have to feed the mind, body and soul. We do this by eating a healthy diet, moving our bodies every day, feeding our soul by doing what makes us happy and letting go of any unhealthy negativity. If we can do this with our body to achieve a holistic well-being, can we do the same within our home environment? The answer is a resounding yes!

When your home is designed to support you in every way, then you can’t help but be your best self. When your home is a source of peace and empowerment, a place of retreat and rejuvenation, it gives back all the little pieces of you that the world has taken away over the course of your busy day.

A holistic home is an environment that makes us whole. While it takes into consideration all good principals of traditional home design, holistic home design takes it a quantum leap further by also incorporating the following elements:

• The principals of Color Psychology
• The principals of Design Psychology & Sense of Place
• Appealing to our 5 Senses
• Creating physical and emotional comfort
• Applying Feng Shui and the laws of universal energy

I think the Gaia hypothesis hits the nail squarely on the head: “We as living organisms have not just adapted to different physical environments; we also modify and improve the environment for our own good”. When we adapt and modify our home environment to best support our needs, desires and goals we are creating a space where we can be our best self. Do you want to learn more about how you can create a holistic home for yourself? Tune in to the remaining posts of this blog series where I’ll show you:

• How Science Can Make Your Home More Enjoyable and Beautiful
• Home Sweet Holistic Home
• The Real Reason I Became a Holistic Home Designer

How does your home environment have an effect on you? I’d love to know how you would like your home to be more holistic – please leave a comment!