Exploring Hygge

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Looking out my window the snowflakes are coming down hard and fast.  They are amazingly large as they fall from the sky, covering the ground with whiteness.  It feels so wonderful to be all snug and warm in my home, having everything cancelled and the business of life is put on hold for a day. It feels funny that this is the first day of spring and we are having a blizzard outside.  It does feel nice and warm inside and the snow wont last long.  It will be gone as quickly as it came.

I have discovered Hygge over the last year and this is a very lovely hyggeligt sort of day.  “Hygge ( Hoo-gah ) Is a Danish concept of coziness. The art of creating warmth, comfort, and well being through connection, treasuring the moment, and surrounding yourself with things you love. ”  I enjoyed that definition of hygge by Pia Edberg which she gives in her wonderful book titled The Cozy Life.  I have been reading everything I can find on hygge and just reading about it makes me feel good.  The authors of the different books I’ve read have done a lovely job of sharing what hygge feels like. Now if I could capture that cozy, warm feeling and start applying it to my own life, that would be brilliant.

One of the first books I’ve read on hygge was Becoming Hygge: 31 Day Challenge For Living Hyggeligt Life by Hilda Christensen.  I have enjoyed how she shares ways to bring hygge into your ever day life.  One of the first places to begin, according to Hilda, is in the mornings when you first wake up.  What could be done to create a nurturing warm and connected experience for yourself and your loved ones?   The Author of Becoming Hygge suggests getting up a bit earlier so that you can have more time in creating routines that will lift and rejuvenate you through out the rest of your day.  Every ones morning is going to be different so it can be a grand adventure to find what will work best for you.  My morning starts pretty early and on those cold mornings I like to make a cup of herbal tea to drink as I write my morning pages.

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Morning pages is the act of writing whatever thoughts come into your mind and getting them all out on the page.  I learned about morning pages years ago from Julia Cameron in her book the Artist’s Way.  Morning Pages has become a form of meditation for me and has helped me let go of the negativities and challenges of life.  Then I like to fill my mind with positive and uplifting thoughts.  So for me I turn to the scriptures and spend some time reading and pondering in them each morning. When I miss doing these simple things I feel it in my day and it just doesn’t flow as well.  I have also been striving to focus on being grateful and looking for all the blessing in my Life.  Sometimes I’ll wake up and feel all out of sorts, but after my morning routine I tend to feel a lot better and I feel that I can face my day.  The Author of Becoming Hygge also gave some great ideas of preparing breakfast with mindfulness and taking some time to exercise in the morning,  which I would like to start applying to my mornings.

The snow has taken a break and the little birds are outside my window hopping from branch to branch singing their sweet little songs, while there is snow covering everything.

“Hygge is simply loving the moment that you are in.”

    ~Hygge: The Danish Secrets of Happiness

I am loving my Moment.


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