by: Katherine Robertson-Pilling
Want to create a quiet, inspiring space for rituals like meditation or yoga — or just a place in your home that helps you feel more connected to what's meaningful in your life?
Creating your own sacred space lets you express your very human need for ongoing spiritual nourishment. Whether it's at home, at work or in some "third space" such as a hotel room when traveling, everyone can benefit from creating places where they intentionally choose what surrounds them.
Your sacred space might contain a single object such as a statue, sculpture or private altar you deliberately place in a special location, or it may be an entire room or garden or even your entire home arranged with furnishings, objects, and décor that have special meaning for you.
"It's a place to be reborn and renewed every day — a place to find rest," says Las Vegas interior designer Laura Rogers. "It's about drawing yourself inward and getting closer to what's in your heart."
Rogers offers these tips on using décor, lighting, sculptures, altars, furniture, and more to tangibly connect with the sacred or spiritual side of yourself.
If "God is in the details," as the saying goes, the places you live and work can make your spirituality more a part of your everyday life. And that can go a long way toward helping you feel more centered, grounded and happy. Your definition of what's sacred is as individual as a fingerprint. Yet unlike a fingerprint, your personal ideas and expression of what is sacred can evolve and change over time.
Before you begin, think about what you're seeking and decide how you want to use it. Do you want to:
Make your sacred space personal. Choose what tastes, sounds, smells, looks and feels good to you. Choose objects that give you energy, inspire you or help you get into the ritual of your meditation, yoga, prayer or other sacred practice.
Also consider using a screen, curtain or other boundary to make your sacred space feel more contained, relaxing and personal.
Creating a sacred space can be something you do once in your lifetime or every day, alone or with loved ones. Get creative with these ideas:
Seasonal rituals to celebrate and commemorate:
Specific, one-time events:
A single object can increase your awareness of your spirituality and connection with what is sacred to you. An entire room can invite you into your deeper self. You can create your sacred space:
This is your personal space. Knock down walls if you need to. What speaks to you, inspires you, moves you?
Whether your life is urban, suburban or rural, whether your home is a sprawling estate or a studio apartment, you can create a special place for simple reflection, traditional meditation, ritual and ceremony. "It all starts with a desire within me to make something beautiful," says Rogers. "I want to make the sacred space in my house as comforting as I possibly can. I might have been inspired by a picture in a magazine, or something in a movie will trigger my thinking. I'll go about finding another piece of furniture to do that or rearrange something and it just happens."
Remember that this space is yours. Honor your heart's desires. Trust your intuition to show you where to put it, what to include, how to use it — and see where it takes you.