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Create Your Own Sacred Space: 5 Quick Tips

  “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” -Joseph Campbell 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…

Southern Women and Dishes

“The truth is, things matter. They have to. They’re what we live with and touch every day. They represent what we’ve seen, who we’ve loved, and where we hope to go next. They remind us of the good times and the rough patches, and everything in between that’s made us who we are.”                                                                                                                 –Nate…

Slow Down Now

  “Aligning ourselves – heart, body, mind, and spirit – into unique positions of stillness creates the special environment we need. It creates the waiting season in which we become able to commune with our depths and begin to recover what is lost, heal what is wounded, and become who we truly are.” –Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits   I am a self-identified and self-proclaimed overachiever. I am not proud of this fact about myself, but I have come to recognize my natural inclinations to want to do everything, perfectly right now. Perhaps this is the single, most powerful reason I am drawn to the contemplative, spiritual life.…

Our Homes and Their Sacred Power

Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems a little bit off, ok maybe more than that. I’ll be honest I had one of those days recently. It was not quite as bad as the children’s nursery rhyme where I was running around shouting “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” to anyone who would listen. I have matured enough in my spirituality, thank God, to know that my life on the whole is extraordinarily full of grace, blessings, and quite honestly fortune. Simply being born in America situates me in a privileged state of advantage in this world. Yet...

Crayons and Spiritual Direction

Almost every time I tell someone I am a spiritual director a confused look washes over that person’s face. Rarely do I receive a look of recognition or understanding. I have come to expect this reaction. So I imagine that if you are visiting my site for the first time you are wondering, what is spiritual direction? Well, depending on whom you ask you will get a different answer to this question – just like many religious or theological questions. But you are asking me, so I am going to explain spiritual direction not from a historical perspective for you today, but from an experiential one, one that involves crayons.…

What is Sacred Space?

Sacred Space is where you discover all that is holy in you, around you, and above you. It’s where you go to dwell with God. –Caroline Myss When I was very little, maybe four or five years old, the most sacred place I knew was the sanctuary in our small town United Methodist Church where my best friend’s dad was the minister. We used to climb on the jungle gym outside, play hide and seek in the Sunday school rooms, and run down the halls in impromptu games of tag. When we would reach the sanctuary, however, and the big double doors swung open – well, our voices instantly became…