Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Feed Your Soul #7 Creating Sacred Space

Creating Sacred Space; 
Task #7 of Feed Your Soul 2016

 Many people who meditate, do yoga, and embrace the holistic lifestyle have what they call “sacred spaces.” These are “sacred” not necessarily in a religious way, but in the word’s original sense: “set apart for special use.”- from YogiApproved.com (link below)

Keep in mind, your sacred space can be anywhere you set it to be. To create your space use items that inspire you and make you feel at home. Items that are special and meaningful to you. Your space can be as little as 12x12 end of a table or dresser.

To create your space - as examples- you may use a special scarf or linen that is aesthetically pleasing. A small candle that smells good and makes you feel at peace. A picture and/or a small statue or religious symbol.

Okay, yes, that sounds like an alter. And you don't need props. But you do need to carve out a space and declare it sacred.

Sacred space should be somewhere other than the mundane places of your home, office or outdoors. It doesn't have to be large, but it should only be used for meditation or prayer to be considered truly sacred. 

Mind you, this is my own take on it and it may differ from your ideas.

But in calling something sacred it's no longer mundane. It's separate. Furthermore in calling it our own sacred space, it might be helpful to make it your own, so to speak. To set it aside. To only use that space as a place for meditation or prayer.

Some people may like to use incense, smudge-wand or a candle to set the mood.

Another idea, I find useful is a small bell. Giving a ring to a small bell can let your subconscious know that you are now in prayer or meditation. No longer in the mundane. It signals to your brain that this is something different.
For myself, I keep a bell on the shelf near the entrance of my studio and sometimes I ring it just to clear energy and refocus. Weather it does or not, it is true to my subconscious and that is all that matters. What it means to us as individuals.

This task can be as large or small as we choose it to be. For me, I've planned a large project that will take some time.  

I have an spare room in my home that is currently being used as storage. Storage of things no longer wanted or needed. Unnecessary things. In creating this space for myself, I have a lot of work ahead of me. My space may never be what I have imagined but I feel like I have to try. It will be created in small steps every few weeks or even months. 

You don't need to have an entire room or even a larges space. As I stated earlier, it can be a very small space. Or maybe your space is portable. You may find it anywhere, anytime you choose. You will have to decide what it means for you

If you do have a yard and pleasant weather where you live, you could make a spot outside for yourself. An area with seating or room to put a pillow or blanket down to sit would be ideal, I think.

Maybe your space is inside a closet, or a corner of your home. It's up to you.

 
Ask yourself: what is sacred space? What makes this space sacred for me? What will I use this space for? Will it be private or in a common area of my home?  
This exercise can be as large or small as we make it. Most of all it should speak to you on a deep level and be fun. A place to feed your soul. 

I would love to hear from you about how you made your space and what makes it scared for you. 
If you'd like to join an on-going discussion please join us at  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1642318306056171/  

Checkout this dream board one of our group members has created for sacred space inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/dervie99/tower-room/

Inspired by Terry's idea, I have created my own board here: https://www.pinterest.com/artsouljewelry/meditation-room-inspiration-ideas/

Checkout this shop for beautiful mediation bowls: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mairedodd

And finally, here's a great article to inspire you even further: http://www.yogiapproved.com/om/creating-your-sacred-space/
peace~ Cindy








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