Creating your Sacred Space

Sacred Space

Have things been rather crazy in your life lately? Super busy? Feeling a bit (or a lot) frazzled and even overwhelmed?

I know that for me that is definitely true. It’s a bizarre time in history for sure.

But also, I’m running two businesses, my client list is at an all-time high, I’ve been working on new programs, I have a house full (kids are home from school), and all the usual day-to-day things of living (not to mention keeping up with my workouts and creating delicious meals daily as I love to cook).

Ever I wonder how I can do all that and still get 8 or even 9 hours of sleep most nights (oh yes I do!)???

Do you have a personal space where you can just go and think?

A sacred space that is comforting and serene that allows you to celebrate, consecrate, and concentrate on your inner work?

You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so where you do not know what was in the morning paper…a place where can simply experience and bring forth what you are, and what you might be…At first you may find nothing’s happening…but if you have a sacred space and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.” ~ Joseph Campbell

It doesn’t have to be a big space. A simple chair in a quiet room can work wonders.

For me, I actually have two spaces in my home—both are essential to my mental state.

Bathtub

The first is the bathtub.

Yup. Sounds strange but honestly, it is the one quiet place where I can go, deeply relax, and just think.

I fill the tub with warm scented water, dim the lights, close my eyes, and let my mind wander, at first wherever it likes. Then, if I am working on a problem or specific goal, I start asking questions to the universe and listening to the answers that come to me. In essence, it is a form of meditation.

Few of us have the training or inclination to look inside, and yet most super-achievers have some way to tap into their intuition and gut feelings. Many, in fact practice, some form of daily meditation to access their inner voice.

Even if you do not practice meditation per se, creating a specific sacred space where you can go and think without interruption or negative energy imposing, will only improve your life by clarifying your thoughts and feelings.

Bedroom

My second space is my bedroom.

I have very purposefully set up my bedroom to be very serene and comforting. There is no TV or stereo. The paint is a calming, warm, cream colour and the artwork invokes my imagination and creativity. My bed is very comfortable and all the linens give me a feeling of happiness and peace. I make my bed every day and there is zero clutter.

My entire bedroom is designed as a sanctuary to bring me peace. I sit in my room to read inspirational books, write in my journal, and to think and plan. I do not work, watch TV, or read the news in my bedroom.

I try as best as I can to keep negative forces outside of my sanctuary.

Where is your sanctuary?

Do you have a space free of negativity?

Is your bedroom cluttered, brimming with laundry, and full of negative forces?

Is it decorated in such a way that brings peace or anxiety to your life?

It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint or a new comforter can do for your mind and well-being.

I challenge you to find a space in your home, whether it is your bedroom, a chair, or even a corner in a room, and create your own sacred space where you can go to think; a space that will bring peace to your mind and allow you to go inward.

Other ideas include a restful place out in nature, anywhere around water is usually awesome. Light some candles in a quiet room in your house. Or you could place some interesting rocks and crystals and shells on a table that help you focus.

Once, when I lived in a tiny apartment, even had a small shelf in my closet set up as my sacred space. I placed special things on it that meant something to me and once a day (or when I really needed the quiet time) I would open my closet, light a candle and focus my thoughts on my sacred area.

There is one rule: no negative self-talk is allowed in your sacred space. This space is meant to uplift you and help you tap into your intuition.

Don’t think that it will work for others and not you. Be open to creating a sacred space and the universe will make it happen.

P.S. I also use these sacred spaces when I travel (or when I used to travel and hopefully will again). Most hotel rooms have a bathtub and I never turn on a TV once I am snuggled in bed to read. It’s not the same as my home sanctuary but it does the trick in a pinch.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.