“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”
Creating your own sacred space is a wonderful activity to start the new year. Maybe you already have a space, but it needs a little revamping? Or, perhaps you have just moved into a new home and you are excited to set up a special place for yourself in your new surroundings. Perhaps you have never had your own sacred space but you really want to try it! All of these scenarios are great reasons to create a sacred space in your home. Deciding to make a place in our home sacred is about our intentions. When we decide to “set apart” a specific place in our home where we can connect to ourselves, others, and God we are creating a sacred space. So, as we start the new year I wanted to give you five quick tips to get started.
Here we go…
Step 1: Determine Your Purpose and Activites
The first step in creating your sacred space is to determine its purpose and what activities you will do in your sacred space. Will this space be a place for you to retreat from the world and focus on your interior spiritual life? Will your sacred space be a place for others to gather with you and engage in meaningful conversations? Will your space be a place to reflect on spiritual teachings or physical practices that enhance your spirituality? Determining the focus and purpose of your sacred space will guide the rest of your choices.
Step 2: Consider the Location
The second consideration for creating your own sacred space is to choose your location. For many people, the kitchen or dining room in their home is a place of holy conversations, warm gatherings, and building relationships. It may be an ideal space for you to connect with yourself, others and God in your home. For others, however, they will find a more remote space such as a quiet corner in a bedroom, office, or closet may be a better fit for them. Some people love to create a space on their patio or balcony and enjoy the natural world during their times of reflection. Return to the question of what is the purpose of your sacred space and that will guide you to choosing the perfect spot in your home.
Step 3: Decide on a Time
What time will you be using your sacred space? Are you planning to begin your day each morning in the space you have chosen or will you finish your day in your special spot? Either way, you will want to consider what else is going on in your household at that time. Will it be conducive to prayer, meditation, reading, or a physical practice like yoga? Are others going to need to use the space? Also, consider what kind of lighting will be available in your space when you will be using it the most. Do you want natural light or is light created by lamps sufficient? Do you want to be able to use your sacred space at different times of the day? Consider all the factors that will go into the times you plan to use your space.
Step 4: Choose Your Tools
After having decided what your purpose and main activities will be in your sacred space, you need to supply your space with the right tools. Will you be journaling? Make sure you have a couple of great writing pens and a special journal that is just for your sacred space. Will you be practicing yoga poses? Then, make sure you have a mat, a towel, and other needed items that are nearby and ready to go. If you will be painting or drawing then consider how you will store all your supplies and the size of your easel for your space. How you choose to equip your space is of course up to you. I recommend making a list of all your needed items and then designing a plan for how you will set up your space to make it a life-giving and joyful place.
Step 5: Engage Your Senses
Remember that creating a sacred space can be a full body experience. Engaging your senses in your sacred space can add to the enjoyment and purpose of the space. We have already addressed lighting, but don’t forget to consider adding a candle to your space to include a sense of the Holy. Also, items that bring special scents into your space can have a calming or enlivening affect, consider placing a diffuser and using essential oils. If you are using your space for reading and journaling think about adding a cozy blanket or soft pillow to your space for extra comfort. If you are practicing yoga or painting perhaps you want to add some soft music to help calm your mind and inspire your spirit. There are a multitude of ways to bring sensory elements to your sacred space – choose what you love and try some new things too!
I hope the five quick tips have been helpful as you begin to plan your first sacred space or revamp a space you already use! The most important thing is that your sacred space is there to serve you and help you on your own spiritual journey. I believe that the more time we carve out to connect with ourselves and God in our homes, the more we will experience abundant life. If you are overwhelmed and would like some help creating your sacred space, I would love to help! Just visit my consultation page here.
May you find peace and holy connection in your sacred space and remember, have fun!