My New Bohemian Meditation Pillow

The Story of My New Bohemian Meditation Pillow and My Dog

A few weeks ago, I decided I needed a new bohemian styled meditation pillow in addition to my old but wonderful yoga mat.   I search a few stores, only to find myself in the middle of a HomeGoods during their India themed month.  Essentially, for me, the equivalent of putting a child in a candy shop. I did not even grab a cart, hey, I was just browsing anyway, not planning on buying anything. Let’s just say, I stepped in with complete denial I could go through the entire store and not touch one item less buy anything.

It started with one thing, a beautiful mandala, hand-painted tray, about 16″ Radius.  I thought this is it, leave now.  Two hours later, still no buggy, I have stacks of towels, a table runner, two serving platters, all nestled in perfect balance on this one platter.I thought, maybe I should grab a buggy.  Na, I just kept on pursuing deals and then, of course, the clearance section was the icing on the cake.  Normally the aisle for misfit goods is worthless, this time, however, I was wrong, so the pile up continued.

I arrived at the register, teetering on the edge of tilting over as I wait patiently, telling myself again, I won’t buy it all, just one or two items.  Nope, wrong again, I did a compulsive thing to make myself feel better and decided to “redecorate” the studio office, which doubles as an office and art studio and for my dog, a lounge.  I secretly try to keep everything contained in the back of my mini cooper, including 4 plants, groceries, and I literally could not fit one more item into the car.

Now the fun part, I had already completed an all-natural, deep spring scrub on the entire house, every nook cranny, and corner.  I re-hung artwork (rotation) and re-arranged furniture.  Now, it was time to get that meditation area in order.  First, let’s start with the cool rug.  Completely tribal with tassels on both ends of which, my dog went straight for.  With the rug in place, it was time for the meditation pillow placement.  When I placed it, I had time to sit on it for a few seconds.  The time was short so I decided, let’s do yoga tomorrow. The next day, still not enough time for yoga, however, Mardi was able to strike a mean sideways corpse pose. So much for my ownership of the pillow.

So here is the takeaway for the day.  It’s time to spring clean, mop floors, clean lights and fans, the refrigerator and just clean.  Move furniture around and namely MAKE YOUR OWN SPACE!  This is such an important part of getting into the bohemian good vibes.  Do it for yourself, it costs nothing to carve out a nugget of privacy in a special place. Remember, pets love floor pillows, stake your claim to it early.  Remember, JadeCrate is all about the bohemian lifestyle.  Start with a clean slate for the spring and bring some boho loveliness into your space.



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