Our lives are hectic and we often wish we could just “get away” from it all. Have you ever perused vacation destinations, but couldn’t really afford it, or lacked for time? What if I told you, you could “get away from it all” whenever you wanted? The secret- creating a sacred space in the home.
A sacred space is somewhere we can escape to and sit in peace and quiet; one of bliss and tranquility. Oftentimes, people use their sacred space as a place of meditation or prayer, but it doesn’t have to be used that way. A sacred spaced is defined by the user/creator.
The great thing about a sacred space is that size isn’t an issue; they can be any size. A little altar or shrine in a corner, an entire room, or even an outdoor garden are all acceptable!! The area could be made up of crystals, incense and a meditation cushion. Or, maybe it’s a cozy room with candles and a blanket to cuddle up in with a good book. Perhaps, you want a simple shelf with a photo of someone you love, or maybe a photo honoring your religion? (Need some ideas? Check out my pinterest board- here!)
The point is, the ideal “zen space” should be a place that is special; it needs to remain sacred. No talking on the phone or texting when “vacationing”. This is a stress free zone; drop the baggage at the door when entering. Pick it up when leaving, if you must, but while here, there are no troubles and no to-do lists.
Where to create the sacred space is just as important as what type of sacred space is to be created.
- The sacred space should be in a place where there is peace and quiet
- A closet could be a good place, but a living room of a big household would probably not be the best place to consider
- The location should be one of comfort
- Are you physically comfortable sitting here
- Does the temperature fluctuate
- Is it okay here year round (i.e. is your location outdoors)
- Does the location make you feel positive emotionally and spiritually
- Do you feel happy or at peace here
- Does the location have the vibe/lighting you seek
- Are you seeking darkness or light
These are a few things to keep in mind while seeking out the location of a sacred space.
A couple years ago, I wanted to create a sacred space that would be used as a yoga room and meditation space. At the time I was practicing yoga in my living room and it just wasn’t cutting it anymore. It felt chaotic and the energy was all wrong. I took to practicing when my husband wasn’t home, or went upstairs for the night, because at least it was quiet. Yet, it still didn’t feel right. It was if the room was still humming… buzzing with unseen noise and I still felt bombarded.
I begun to seek out a place in the house that I could carve out for myself. A place that I could turn into my yoga room and meditation space. After looking around, I found what I was looking for; the spare bedroom upstairs. At the time, it was full of boxes and a bed frame; time to get to work. I began to throw out junk that we carried with us from Delaware to Oregon (and back to Delaware again). I sorted out clothes that I no longer needed. I began to carry boxes down two flights of stairs to the basement. I moved boxes from one side of the room to the other and organized them into neat little piles until finally it came together.
I then put a couple little shelf tables in the corner, covered them with crystals, statues and candles. I have a few malas over there as well that I use for meditating. I keep essential oils nearby to use when the mood strikes me, but most of the time, I smudge with palo santo, as I love the way the wood smells. My sacred space is fluid and the altar has changed periodically, but the essence of the space remains the same. I am adamant that it remains clutter free and that I’m able to go up there and practice or meditate. I will not allow that space to become a storage space once more, as the sole purpose of me entering this space is to declutter my life.
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