Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sacred Spaces

Anyone who has ever moved to a new home will tell you that the first priorities are to get the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms set up first. As long as you can eat, bathe and sleep, you can pretty much take your time unpacking the rest of your belongings. I would add another space to that list of priorities: your sacred space.

In the midst of all the turmoil and confusion while trying to find the coffee pot (definitely a priority), your toothbrush and your pillow, having a place where you can close yourself off from it all even for just a few minutes is essential in maintaining your sanity and recharging your inner battery for the long haul ahead ... especially if you find, like me, that even after all of the clutter clearing and purging you did before you moved, you still have way too much stuff and nowhere to put it!

I was lucky on my first day in my new digs. Even though my furniture wasn't coming until the next day, it was warm and sunny out and I was able to take advantage of this lovely spot outside whenever I felt as if I could not move one more muscle or make one more decision about where something should go. I just sat, let the swing and the breeze do its thing, and let Mother Nature nurture me for a while. I am so glad that I decided to do that. It made all of the difference between the experience being an exhausting and frustrating one, to being one filled with happiness and fulfillment. As long as I had my sacred space, all was well and everything else was just details.

You don't have to move to a new home to find your sacred space. Any space that you can make your own where you can sit, meditate, pray or just commune with nature is perfect. A place with a window is preferable for those days when it is too cold to go outside and sit but you still want to be able to feel the world outside. Mine looks out at trees and sky, and feels as cozy as a baby blanket or a fuzzy teddy.

Where is your sacred space? If you don't have one, make one. It will be the best move your ever made.

And so it is.