Easy steps to create a Sacred Space:
This should really be titled ‘Creating Space for the Sacred’. Because, in reality, we do not need a physical space to be or perform the sacred or to create our art. But we do need to ask ourselves: ‘what does sacred mean to us and how can we access the sacred more easily’?
To me it is several powerful things – It is space for quiet (I have a very lively three year old little girl), it is me time. It is my running routine where I repeat powerful intentions and mantras in my mind. It is my bath as I listen to music and relax. It is my work space where I light candles and write. It is my evening yoga before bed and my reading upon waking. It is my daily green smoothie. It is also my time with my friends to laugh and talk, to cook tasty food from scratch and it is making the time to watch a movie uninterrupted.
One thing it doesn’t have to be is complicated. In a world where we over stimulate ourselves and over-complicate everything – we sometimes need to take the pressure off of ourselves and not make this another thing to add to the ‘to-do-list’.
The second thing we can ask is: What do we want out of our new found sacred space? Is it to help dream up big life plans? Or to move forwards with all the projects we have bursting out of our minds?
For our art and creativity to be born into this world, we absolutely have to find some kind of solace, space and sacred stillness or sacred friction.
In today’s world, we are addicted to being busy and hyper connected. We live in hyperactive spaces, which pollute our minds with images and idea’s that are not our own. For there to be both inner and outer sacred space we should aim for progress and not perfection. Each day is a new day and we can begin again on our pilgrimage for sacred space. Some days I can fit in a full hour of sacred space time, and others it’s 15 minutes. If you have children at home, you know life can be unpredictable. So, do the best you can to plan it in and ask others to support you too. When you start taking yourself seriously, others will too.
I love visiting chapels and temples as they feel sacred on a vibrational level. This is because they are infused with intentional prayer and thought. I love popping into the church at the end of my road during the day and I’m the only one there. The stillness is pregnant with possibility, ripe with potentiality.
When working through the steps below – the most important thing to be factored in is actually TIME.
You should see your growth and creativity as a priority in your life, so make sure you are creating time for your evolution and art. That really means saying no to stuff – commitments and parties too. This was my hardest thing to do. I am a social butterfly and I hated to see the fun go on without me. But it did, and guess what? I got busier with my big life plans and things started to come to fruition much quicker, because I wasn’t always hung over and suffering. My life and work gives me such a buzz now, I have as much fun working as I do partying!
Small steps to help nurture a sacred space:
1) Cleaning and De-Cluttering – When was the last time you had a good clear out of old unwanted things and other stuff with old or negative energy? Take time each week to clear your space and your mind.
2) Intentional Rituals –Turning the TV off and keeping them out of bedrooms. This was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Bedrooms are for all things sacred. Doing something intentional to set up your day, like reading and making it a ritual. Just start with a promise of 5 minutes per day and build up.
3) Regular Exercise & Self Care- A spiritual practice is called a practice, because we do need to actually practice. You don’t attend the gym once and expect to be physically fit. Yoga can be both meditative and physically challenging. A lovely walk in nature is always an enchanting thing to do. You also won’t find your sacred space at the bottom of a bottle of beer or wine. Whilst I love champagne and all things wine, I made my life work and family a higher priority. This took me until my thirties to establish and my life is far more balanced now. On the flip side! If you haven’t been out to have fun in ages – get your self out there! Go and dance the night away. Dancing is sacred too! 🙂
4) Meditation and Music – These two are incredibly important. Meditation does not have to be done in silence, sitting in a painful position. To quieten what Buddha called our ‘drunken monkey minds’ we can find a few minutes to light a candle, breath into our bellies and intentionally ask for peace and space. For me, I have to work with inspiring music. It moves me and takes me on my journey. It gives me flow and allowing when I’m creating.
5) Altars, Gratitude Tables, Creation Desks – My desk has mantra’s, spiritual icons, nature (a plant) and crystals and candles. It still gets messy, as I’m a messy worker but it’s a beautiful space where I like to be. I also have a little shrine to Buddha in my bedroom. My sacred spaces are my anchor and I feel calm when I am in them. Take a few minutes to make a space today, if you haven’t already and practice your attitude of gratitude.
It is the small steps of daily preparation can really add up. Then slowly your sacred space becomes just that – totally sacred and a tip top priority for you.
I hope this has inspired you to create your inner and outer sacred spaces.
Big beautiful love,