We’ve all mastered time management and Kondo-ized our homes, right? Well, maybe not completely.
even especially when the mail is piling up on the hall table and the schedule is jammed, we need to retreat regularly to a place of calm and inspiration. That’s right, I said need. Because it doesn’t just feel wonderful, but it is only from here that we can reconnect with our highest selves and bring that out into the world–to our business, our loved ones, even the random people we encounter in the course of a day.
I find it is easier to get to my “zen place” when I have an actual place to go.
Terri Cole calls it a Zen Den; Joseph Campbell calls it a “bliss station”…whatever we call it, it becomes an oasis in the home where we can always drop in to clear the mind and nourish the spirit.
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” ~ Joseph Campbell
It needn’t be a whole room. It could be a corner of the bedroom, a special table, and chair in the living room, or a quiet spot out in the garden.
Furnish your space with items that soothe and inspire, like:
- Elements of nature—feathers, shells, live plants, crystals or beautiful stones
- Spiritual objects—rosaries, mala beads, icons, statuettes
- Soft lighting—Himalayan salt lamp, candles, strings of little white lights
- Aromatherapy—essential oils, incense, scented candles
- Textiles—pillows, meditation cushions, blankets , tapestries
- Words—journals, inspirational quotes, religious literature, love letters
- Sound—singing bowls, chimes, music, guided meditations
Once you have your sanctuary set up, it can become an anchor for formal spiritual practice—prayer, meditation, yoga…or just a place to go be for a few minutes when you need centering.
The outer world both reflects and influences the inner. So know that you always have a beautiful island of serenity you can visit—both inside and out.
Look around for some visual ideas, then tell us what you’ve done to create your own personal haven!