homes are our havens. These places where we come to rest, recharge,
and dream in safety and comfort allow us to better face the
challenges of the world outside our doors.
sharing a living space with others, an awareness of the thoughts and
feelings of everyone involved is essential in creating the peace we
all desire. Regardless of where we lived before, each time we
cohabitate with others it is important that we make the effort to
share the space in a way that supports everyone.
We need to
remember that in a shared space, everything we sense can also be
sensed by another person. Peace will not likely be the result when
the senses are filled with the sight of unwashed plates, intrusive
sounds, unpleasant smells, the feel of a foreign substance beneath
bare feet, or the taste of food tainted by an uncovered onion in the
if we communicate and listen with respect to those with whom we share
a space, we may find that one enjoys washing dishes to end the day,
while the other can take out the garbage during their evening walk.
with another's schedule, you can still meditate or exercise to your
favorite music while the other is out, and save reading for the times
when they are trying to sleep. Being thoughtful of the energy that is
required for something to be cleaned up may make everyone aware of
being neater, whether that means taking off your shoes at the
entrance or wiping up juice spilled on the kitchen floor.
the same way, pent up resentment toward your living partners is just
as easily felt. Keeping the energy clear requires the effort of
communication, the awareness of another's feelings, and courtesy
toward the space you share.
that sometimes requires changing your schedule or habits, there are
many times when having a caring someone nearby is worth all the
effort. Living with others can help us learn to mingle our energies
at home as well as at work and in the world at large in a way that
benefits us and everyone around us.