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Designing Sacred Spaces

Designing "Sacred Spaces" is about creating a space that allows you to enter a state of serenity.

Designing "Sacred Spaces" is about creating a space that allows you to enter a state of serenity. With the constant demands of work, daily obligations and stress, at least one room in your home should be a place where you can be surrounded by tranquility. There are many benefits to having a sacred space. For instance, it’s a personal space that one may go to, to become grounded and recharged from their crazy life. Life can move at such a hectic pace, that it is valuable to set aside a place to honor the inner self and to distress. Many people, especially women, are so programmed to take care of other people. Ultimately we can’t serve as well if we haven’t taken care of our inner selves.

Choose a space that can be all yours. If you have the luxury of having extra rooms, use one of those rooms. Your sacred space, does not however necessarily need to be a whole room. It can be a corner of a room or just a small space with a meditation mat. The idea is to create a personal, uncluttered niche that inspires peaceful feelings. It’s important that your sacred space is cleared of clutter, or else there will not be too much relaxing going on. If you live with others, think about whether or not you will be okay with them using your space as well. Let them know if it’s okay to share it or that you need them to be respectful of it.

Some people use sacred spaces to pray, others may meditate, do yoga or simply relax, perhaps while reading a book. There are no definite set rules as to what the space must look like or what has to be in your space. Personally, I do recommend, decorating the room with objects that are inspired by nature, as natural elements help create a sense of tranquility. Consider traditional meditative elements when creating a space for relaxation. Bring in photos of places or people who fill your life with love. Don't be afraid to use color: whether its quiet, soft colors, earthy tones, or bright and bold. The choice is yours and it's about what appeals to you whether its calming blues, royal purples or rich golds.

Don't forget to create sensory appeals with aroma and sounds that enhance peaceful feelings. Most importantly, create a space that encompasses comfort, you definitely want a nice thick cushion to sit on and perhaps one to support your back.

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