As I looked at various explanations of hygge online, I discovered a great blog (hygge.co blog) which I really like. The blogger uses words that resonate with me, such as sanctuary, community, well-being, belonging and celebrating the everyday. Those words convey a sense of creating a spiritual practice of gratitude, connecting with others, feeling a safe space and living whole-heartedly. Things that make your spirit sing or make you feel alive are hygge. Hygge has to do with extraordinary pleasure in the daily aspects of your life. It's being present in the moment.
The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive. To create well-being, connection and warmth. A feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. Celebrating the everyday.
I believe there is also a desire to create a personal refuge, surrounded by our favorite mementos, where we can escape to read a book or watch TV or create art. That's why some people create a den or a "man cave" or an art studio in their home as their personal space. When you create this type of safe haven in your home, it becomes a sanctuary for your spirit. Solitude feeds your soul, especially when you need respite from the daily demands of life.
I also believe society is drawn to the sensory experience of hygge. You feel the warmth of the mug of hot chocolate. You smell the traditional holiday food cooking in the oven. You see the lights, hear the laughter, taste the decadent foods you save for special events or touch the arm of the person beside you as you talk. These rich sensory experiences connect your body with your mind and spirit, which increases your well-being. Balancing your mind, body and spirit creates hygge.
How do you create hygge in your home and work space? Are there changes that would make your space feel more like a sanctuary? Start by making a list of the things that stimulate your senses or evoke a warm cozy feeling when you are with others. Some of the Balance Resource Cards suggest bringing nature indoors or creating a sacred space or savoring a cup of tea for starters. Add a small business card holder on your desk or end table for a few of the cards from your deck as reminders to balance your mind, body and spirit throughout the day.
Hygge is (fill in the blank). Hygge happens when I am (location) or (activity) with (companions). I feel (emotion) and (another emotion) because (reason). I have this same feeling when (another situation) because I enjoy hearing _____, seeing ____, tasting _____, smelling _____ and/or touching _______.