25 Oct Is it Possible to Build for Mindfulness?
Urban life tends to be hectic leaving little or no space for taking care of spirituality and inner peace. The search for equilibrium and harmony may even seem impossible when one has to deal with the worries of everyday life: the search for peace can become an extra stress source itself.
There is an innate relation between our daily lives and the spaces we inhabit, and it has become more evident due to the pandemic. Our home and other spaces that host our main activities play a central role in the search for integral well being. This goes way beyond aesthetic pleasure or personal taste, one’s surroundings really do have an effect on our inner lives.The construction and design of peaceful surroundings must surpass any trend in benefit of simplicity. These spaces must be configured responding to their inhabitants’ needs and routines, there must be an absolute synergy between the life that happens within each space and the space itself. The proportions, shapes, connection, color and distribution have to be directed towards this purpose.
A peaceful space meets not only our physical needs, but also becomes an emotional shelter, a chance to breathe apart from the daily stress. It’s important to fully acknowledge the influence that these external aspects have in our internal states of mind. Sensitive architecture can truly induce mindfulness and tranquility.
An architecture for mindfulness must remove the peripheral noise allowing people to really be present in their lives and experiences. Harmony among color, shapes, textures and light provoke a natural connection offering calmness before everyday’s noise and chaos. Isn’t this what the whole idea of home should imply? YOU MUST READ Green Trends that Are Shaping Our Future
- Trishla Chadha, “ Mindfulness Through Architecture”, Re-Thinking the Future, https://www.re-thinkingthefuture.com/rtf-fresh-perspectives/a1856-mindfulness-through-architecture-quality-of-spaces-which-make-you-contemplate/
- “What Designers and Architects Can Learn from Japan’s Mindfulness Tradition”, Architectural Digest, https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/kyoto-japan-mindfulness-tradition-leaders-of-design