Remember Jess? She told me that a yoga teacher once asked her, during shavasana, to picture the room of her heart. She’d never considered such a thing before, and delightedly began adding colors and pillows until she felt happy in her space. She says she carries that place with her as a stress-free “safe room” she can always escape to, and today I thought I’d create my own. Want to play?
The walls of my heart are draped with red velvet. (This may not sound like it’s good for the old blood pressure, but remember: this is a metaphor.) The floor of my heart is entirely made of one perfectly soft-firm mattress, and it’s covered in red jersey sheets. The walls of my heart have windows onto the world, each one a view to a different place I adore: the market in Xalapa, Little Lost Cove Cliffs, a brilliantly starry night sky, a room where my mother sits crafting and listening to opera.
The ceiling is made of tree branches that seem to grow from the tops of the walls. Their leaves are intermingled colors – spring green and autumn jewel tones – and they rustle gently against each other. They never, ever, fall though – there’s no raking allowed in this room.
When I lay down, I am warm but also feel mild breezes wafting to me from the trees. There’s a silver tray of exquisite French macaroons tucked in a corner, and there is also one door. Every so often, it opens and J bursts into my space! He wears a fencing mask, sabre in hand, and tosses me my gear. We duel like maniacs, laughing the whole time, and then decide whose heart room we’ll sleep in that night.
What does the room of your heart look like? I really want to know!
If you’re so inclined, visit the heart-rooms of these fine bloggers:
- E. from A Sign Of Life – What My Heart Looks Like
- Helena from Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, Dilettante. – The Room of My Heart
- Rara from Rarasaur – 99 Green Balloons
- Samantha from S.Owens Writes – The Room of My Heart
- Beth from Writer B is Me – I’ll Show You My Room If You Show Me Yours
- Laura from History of a Woman – The Room of My Heart
P.S. Today, my friend Nikki gave me a Liebster Award! I’ve accepted this award in the past, so I won’t do a post about it, but I do want to send y’all over to check out Nikki’s fashion blog. She’s an avowed feminist, a warrior for social justice, a graduate student, a hell of a wedding coordinator (I know from experience!), and she makes blazers simply adorable. Say hi.