“Get out of my space!” The angry voice turned all heads in the coffee shop. It came from  a visibly upset woman, who was backing away from the young man with her. His hands were held up and back, as if to say, “Okay, okay, I’m backing off.” They both looked more than a little embarrassed at the attention they were getting, and the woman left quickly.

A minor incident, but one most of you have experienced at some point in your lives. You all have a sense of your own personal space and when someone invades what you consider to be private to you, you feel at best uncomfortable and worst case scenario, threatened. This relates to the basic human need to feel safe in daily life.

If you could be a fly on the wall in living rooms around the country, you’d see there are certain chairs  or seats on the sofa where each member usually chooses to sit; people become very attached to their “favourite chair” and are easily upset when someone else sits in their place.

The idea of creating a personal Sacred Space is not one which is culturally widespread in the west, but it fulfills a basic need to have a place which is yours, not in the possessive sense, but where you can retreat to be still and reflect, meditate and develop a daily practice of connection with your Higher Self.

Buddha Altar

A very wise person once said, “The most obvious place to develop a sacred space is in our own hearts.” What a great idea! We carry our own sacred space within us, all the time.

If you are beginning a practice of meditation and personal reflection, there’s a lot to be said for spending a little time to create your own Sacred Space.

What you choose to put in your Sacred Place, perhaps on your “altar” is a very personal choice. The most important thing is that it has meaning for you.

Here are some suggestions for you, but do listen to your own intuition – it won’t let you down!

First you need to choose where your Sacred Space will be. Ideally it should be away from busy areas of your home, away from the main traffic routes, somewhere you can be quiet and undisturbed.

Then some basics:

  • a flat surface, which you can dedicate as your altar
  • perhaps a beautiful cloth to cover it
  • a candle
  • a statue or piece of sculpture you like
  • incense sticks or a burner for essential oils
  • your meditation cushion or yoga mat
  • a blanket to keep you warm
  • Fresh flowers are always a beautiful addition and, if you like, a mandala or favourite picture to focus on.

I love flowers of any sort, but I recently learned from Shanta Gabriel that they raise the vibration of the space and of course that helps you to raise yours so that you are more attuned to the flow of energy on the planet.

You can get some inspiration  for your Sacred Space by clicking here. What you’ll notice in all the pictures is that there is no clutter, which is very important! (Note to self, tidy up!)

 

So go ahead! Create you very own Sacred Space and enjoy it every day when you do your daily practice of meditation or reflection.

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