Hygge (pronunced HOO-gah) is the Danish way of embracing winter that embodies loving connection and ease. Dwelling. Savoring. Slowing down. Making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, special, and beautiful.
I love how this philosophy mirrors the Taoist, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine paths of being in alignment with the season. With winter being so yin (cold, dark, wet and damp), it’s a time for deep rest, relaxation and restoration. We can balance this with some strong yang chi — fires, light and warmth!
Here are some simple ways to create your own at home experience of hygge…
- Slow down and really relax — Take a nap by the fire. Turn off our phone, tv and computer and connect. Share food, music or poetry with loved ones without distraction. Watch the sunrise or moonrise. Enjoy pure “being” and presence!
- Create warm, cozy spaces — Use faux fur throws, flannel sheets, soft sweaters, slippers, a blanket tent and so on.
- Decorate only with what you love — Go natural and organic by hanging fresh or dried tree branches and fresh flowers or greenery in every room.
- Illuminate with soothing light — White candles in clear glass jars. Mirrored sconces. Fairy lights. Fires in the fireplace. White paper star pendants.
- Savor comfort — Love your favorite people. Create comfort and shelter for yourself and others. Cuddle with your cat and dog. Light a candle at breakfast. Take a hot bath. Stick cloves in a fresh orange.
- Create sacred sanctuary and community — Enjoy the good and simple life. Savor the present moment. Walk in the woods. Have a bonfire outside. Make snow angels.
- Eat warm foods — soups, porridge, congee, stews. Drink hot chai, tea or cocoa. Enjoy artisan chocolate or chutney. Bake bread.
- Declutter, simplify — Be content in simple things. Enjoy BEING instead of doing!
Gwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.