Creating your sacred space
Updated: Jun 14, 2020
Whilst we don't quite know when we will be free to move around the planet, I can confirm we are free to move around our own homes.....
Which has some of us thinking that we might have reached our stay at home limits. The mere mention of the possibility of school re-opening has us planning our fastest route with the least traffic to drop off.......day dreaming of catch ups at the pub, collective yoga practice & hugs. But then a silent voice pipes up ...how the dog is gonna cope with empty nest syndrome??
Personally I have fallen in love with my ear buds, am contemplating a second pair so I can wear them like aaaalll the time..... as the whole kampung seems to be keeping the same noisy schedule.
We are on a world wide corona enforced time out, some how this hasn't turned out into an actual time out cause unless you live alone, which even though I do... I am aware now I live in a peaceful yet noisy at the same time village....
Considering all of the above & adding in some ruminating & maybe some wine.... you are probably struggling to find time for your yoga practice, mediation reading book or secretly earbuds in listening to your favourite podcast - just so you don't have to listen to the world...... or at least the noise within the world contained within your four walls.
The solution might be to create a sacred space.
Whether you’re religious, non-religious, philosophical or anything in between, a sacred space can help you pause, unplug & reflect. Its your hall pass to an adult time out & unlike wine leaves you feeling refreshed & not hungry for a burger. When you occupy your sacred space it gives you the chance to communicate with your higher self, your creative self, your authentic self or just some much needed peace & quiet, if not world peace - for the time you are in it & hopefully beyond!
The design of your sacred space affects your mood & well-being. As Coco Chanel once said, “An interior is the natural projection of the soul.”
Your sacred space doesnt need a spare room, creating a sacred space is just about dedicating a specific area for the rejuvenation of your spirit.
Maybe its creating an alter, perhaps a meditation pillow in a peaceful area of your home, it can even be a spot outside that feels right for you. It could be a special space with your collection of yoga props neatly arranged calling you on the daily to breath bend flow & let go.
Over time, when you go to the same place for asana practice, meditation, or do whatever healing work that speaks to you, there’s an energy that builds up. This energy triggers our minds & we feel soothed from the moment we enter our space. We connect the dots & acknowledge it as a space of relief, you may even sigh as you come to be in the space & sure sign you are in need of a time out!!!
Your sacred space should make you feel calm just by walking into it. If your space is cluttered full of distractions, you’re unlikely to achieve the sense of calm & inner peace you are seeking. Express your self with things that bring you joy, special to you objects such as crystals, candles, art, photo, your yoga mat, a singing bowl, malas, fresh flowers or incense. Any thing that you place in this space will hold that energy for you.
Enjoy music that calms your farm played at low volume.....or earbuds in!
Silence is golden but sound can transport us. Music & sacred to you sounds can greatly enhance your yoga routine, meditation, peace out time & other spiritual practices. Its another signal to you that you are in your space, present & connected with the purpose of taking your time out just for you.
Try guided meditations, silence, music sounds can change our mindset so if you are feeling hectic try some calming eastern influenced meditation music, need some pep in your step pump up the jam & sing & breathe to your fav top 20.
Its hard to sing & practice!! It takes breath control its next level - try it!!!
If you live in a house of disruptors tell your tribe NO.
Its all well & good to have a space but you need to let your tribe know how important this space is.
Sit them down & explain to them what the meaning of the sacred space is & how this makes you feel & perhaps what the benefit to them is! If you have kids encourage them to set up their own sacred space & teach them top take a time out to...not just a time out in the naughty corner!!
Put a post it note on the fridge "time out for 20" "mums meditating" or "POQ practice in progress"
Turn off your phone, (aeroplane mode- if its your music device)
If you can't shut the door hang a sign up that says shhh or bugger off!!
You may have to sit or stand firm the first few times.... Do stand firm so that those around you get the message & let you be in peace. It might be a challenge but persistence will pay off!!
Thich Nhat Hahn writes in his book Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice “The key to creating a home meditation practice is to create a space where the busyness stops. When we stop and bring our mind back to our body, we can pay full attention to all that is happening in the present moment. We call this ‘mindfulness.'”
I have always had a sacred space as a kid it was ion my bedroom a shelf with my favourite things, somewhere I went where I knew that it was just for me. We feel like our homes can be a sanctuary from the world at large. We are all desirous of peace & comfort, our sacred space gives us the gift of peace & comfort for our mind.
I would love to see your sacred space feel free to post it on our Facebook page or tag @perfectly_imprefectyogis in your Instagram post