In the corner of my bedroom, I have a corner that I call my “zen corner.” It’s a tiny space, holding only a small table, a potted fern and my yoga mat.
Before I did some re-arranging, my zen place was my office. It had minimal furniture, a few peaceful pictures and space for me to do yoga and pray. I love having little sanctuaries in my home.
Why was I so intentional about creating little places of refuge? Because, frankly, they keep me from being a total spaz.
I need a place I can retreat to quickly when I’m feeling tense and need a break. Creating that sacred space in a small corner of my home makes it easy to get to and makes me feel peaceful when I look at it.
Because it’s in my bedroom, I make a point to keep my room clutter-free and clean. Otherwise, my corner is not so zen and causes me anxiety instead of peace.
If you’d like to create a sacred space, I suggest creating some rules around that space to keep it sacred. You don’t have to copy my rules, but this is what I do to keep my space a refuge:
Clutter makes me super anxious. I have to make sure my sacred space is kept clear of things like papers, toys and clothing. Otherwise, it’s no longer a refuge; it’s just another place that’s been attacked by chaos.
Do your best to keep your sacred space free of things that don’t make you feel peaceful. (Need help decluttering? I wrote a book to help.)
Another thing to remember is to use minimal stuff. If you incorporate everything that makes you feel peaceful, you’ll soon find that your sacred space has become cluttered. Not so peaceful.
Instead, choose one or two things—some art, a plant, a chair, a pillow–to make your place feel cozy.
There’s something about nature that makes me feel so alive. I want to invite that feeling into my sacred space so I make sure to incorporate some aspect of nature.
Plants are great for this—one or two small potted plants or a vase of flowers. Paintings or photographs of nature can also help calm you.
Use your space
Creating your space is pointless if you don’t use it. Carve out time in your day to pray, meditate, do yoga or just sit and breathe. Even if it’s just for five minutes, you’ll notice, and you’re family will to.
Have you created sacred space in your home?
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