What is a “sacred space?” Do you have to be religious to have one? What do they look like? Holistic health and spirituality expert William K. Ferro breaks it down for us.
Many people who meditate, do yoga, and embrace the holistic lifestyle have what they call “sacred spaces.” These are “sacred” not necessarily in a religious way, but in the word’s original sense: “set apart for special use.”
Whether we’re part of a religious or spiritual tradition or not, we are all in some sense spiritual beings. We all seek the deeper meaning in our lives; we have our own highly personal way of connecting to other beings and our environment.
Such spaces can be indoors or out in a garden. They may be entire rooms, parts of rooms set off by soshi screens, or just corners of rooms. They often include an altar of sorts, decorated with flowers, statuary of inspirational people, and other aids to entering into a meditative state.
If you’re building a home yoga and/or meditation practice, the physical space you use is important– it will either add to, or detract from, your practice.
- Be mindful when tending
When dusting, rearranging, or cleaning offer the space the tenderness you might with a young child or animal friend.
Don’t rush or multi-task as that will be the energy you feed your sacred space. Rather feed your sacred space with the energy you would rather offer it. Embody and radiate into your personal sacred space that which you would like reflected back to you, calm, centered, creativity and love.
- Breathe life into the space with your presence
You know the feeling when you are around someone who holds their breath? That same feeling can be felt and noticed in a space when the space doesn’t breathe. This feeling is more than good or bad decor, or a space that does not breathe because of clutter.
When a space breathes it can feel as though there is room and space there for you and it emits a welcoming feeling.
When tending to your personal sacred space, breathe. Breath to be in your body. Breathe to combine all of the magic of your spirit and body into the here and now.
- Tend relevance
A master space tender once shared with me, “That if you don’t love it, use it or if it doesn’t represent who you are today let it go.”
We hang on to so much stuff! And often our personal sacred space is a reflection of this. However, for our personal sacred space to do what we want it to do, there needs to be space for us and enough space to hold room for possibles for our future, our dreams and all of those bits and pieces of our spirit that we can not always hold when life gets busy.
When tending to your personal sacred space, create room for all of who you are, your dreams and your passions.