Creating Your Own Sacred Space
Ahhh. Meditation. Is there anything as soothing and relaxing as clearing your mind while you just sit and breath?
You feel better just contemplating all the health benefits it gives you; reduced stress and anxiety, lower cholesterol levels, restful sleep, reduced blood pressure and more.
So you carve out a bit of ‘me time’ and get nicely settled in, prepared to gift yourself with this mental vac-kay. But, just as you are about to achieved total zen, somebody barges into the room to see what you’re up to, forcing you to stop and put their needs ahead of your own or sit there for your allotted time anyway, stewing in your juices instead of basking in serenity.
I feel your frustration. In fact I shared it often, until I decided to create my own sacred space where I could enjoy my spiritual practices uninterrupted. Today I want to share how you can do the same in an afternoon with a small space.
Having a special place to meditate is key to establishing this healthful habit. First, it helps you avoid the trap of squandering your precious time wandering from room to room deciding where to sit, noticing all the other things you “should” be doing instead, like housework – thoughts that take you right out of your zen frame of mind!
It also acts to condition your brain. Your mind and body EXPECT to be calm and quiet here, so you won’t encounter as much resistance to your practice.
In my case, I reclaimed a spare bedroom’s 4’ x 4’ closet, completely transforming it into an environment so beautiful and tranquil I can hardly wait for the daily opportunity to sit and sooth my spirit!
To begin, I completely emptied the closet, disposing of or finding new homes for its contents. I gave the interior a fresh coat of paint, hung sheer curtains for a door, strung white lights along the ceiling, and installed a wind chime at the entrance.
At each of the four corners I placed Hematite crystals (known for their grounding qualities) and some large Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz and Amethyst crystals I chose for their healing energy.
I covered the whole closet floor with quilts, turning it into one big pillow, and hung inspiring pictures on the walls. In one corner sits a “tree”, a vase filled with cut branches, decorated with fairy lights and crystals hung as ornaments.
An aromatherapy mister at the entrance adds mood and fragrance. Then, with my I-pad set on meditation music, I happily retreat from the world, to emerge refreshed and renewed 20 minutes later.
You can easily create something similar yet uniquely your own. Then, with your ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door, you’ll be all set to boost creativity, enhance your immune system and counteract the ill effects of stress, all by simply sitting and breathing. Ahhh.
Alexandria Barker is a yoga and meditation teacher as well as a reiki master and life coach. Connect with her at 613-475-3867 or www.alexandriabarker.com