In my travels, I always seek out cathedrals, quaint small-town chapels, art museums, and beautiful architecture. I consider them sacred spaces, possessing an energy and beauty all their own. Just as often though, I search for hidden spots in nature, a field of wildflowers, a canopy of thick trees, or a hilltop view. Though they vary greatly, each of these places offers a sense of connection and wonder.
While I love exploring and traveling to see these sacred places, I have also made an intentional effort to curate sacred spaces in and around my own home. My favorite spot is the screened-in porch. I love to read and write in the fresh air and sunlight – usually with a dog on either side of me, happily dozing away. It is also my impromptu yoga studio; quiet, peaceful, calming. It is a place that allows me to connect with nature and the lovely farm and pastures around me while still doing my creative work.
Sacred spaces can be a small nook in a bedroom – perhaps a place to write, or a favorite chair by the window. For some, it is a garage or basement workshop or studio in which they can create. Nature offers opportunities as well, a spot under an old oak tree or a patio table with early morning sunlight. Allowing yourself a few spaces like this at your home can settle and calm you – perhaps you retreat for hours or for a few precious moments. Such spaces offer a safe place to belong and provide clarity.
For me, my sacred spaces allow me to:
Connect – whether it is to nature, my own breath (in yoga), to an energy greater than myself
Quiet my mind – this is a place that I am comfortable and secure, a place to simply “be,” expectations and the to do list can wait
Ground myself – remember who I am, feel a sense of belonging
I encourage you to give yourself the gift of a Sacred Space in your own home, you don’t have to be a creative person (though I believe we all are in some way). This can be a place where you enjoy a cup of coffee or read a book or do your crossword puzzle. A place for you to discover the sacred in the everyday.