Updated: Feb 20
When I refer to “sacred spaces,” I am not referring to a building constructed for religious or holy purposes, such as churches, temples, or monasteries. Nor do I mean places that are primarily used for worship, prayer, rites, and rituals.
Instead, I am speaking of a personally meaningful space. A space in which we feel safe, calm, and grounded. A space where we can unplug from the world, spend time in reflection, or perhaps, practice gratitude.
Our sacred space may be a favorite room in our home, an art gallery, or a beautiful spot in nature. There is no “correct, one-fits-all” space-merely one that is restorative, peaceful, quiet, and comforting to each particular individual.
In warm months, the outdoors is my sacred space. I spend every possible moment I can outside, surrounded by nature, awed by its beauty. Nature is one of the most calming, grounding, and restorative places for an empath, like myself (A person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the pain of others at their own expense). It quiets our often overstimulated minds, nervous systems, and often overactive emotional states. It strengthens and re-balances our energy field.
Nothing makes me happier than puttering in my garden, taking a long walk, or visiting my favorite park.
Not surprisingly, empaths are extremely sensitive to the atmosphere of their surroundings. When surrounded by peace and calm, they flourish, because they take on those qualities internally themselves. For the same reason, places of beauty can be transformative for empaths.
-Author and Empath Diane Katherine
If nature is your primary sacred space, it is important to create an additional “backup” location. In certain conditions, it is impossible or impractical to rejuvenate outdoors. I live in the Northeast. Winters here are cold, snowy, and seemingly endless. When the thermometer drops below 35%, the outdoors is not my sanctuary. Instead, it becomes an unpleasant force of nature to contend with. Rather than enjoying the cold, frigid air I cannot wait to escape it.
For several years I was the sole proprietor and owner of A Healing Touch Reiki. I operated the business in my home. I have since given my “Reiki practice room” a makeover. It is now an office (complete with a comfy massage table on which I lay down to meditate), and mini-art gallery.
It is an eclectic room that I have filled with personal, meaningful, and sacred objects.
I have the standard office “décor” complete with a desk, laptop, printer, bookshelf, diplomas, etc. I have painted the room grey- a neutral, a color I find peaceful, relaxing, and soothing.
It is also filled with a myriad of objects some may consider unusual. These include a carved wooden Buddah statue, an elaborate Hindu Deity made out of marble, crystals, sage, chakra stones, Native American carvings, a Tibetan bell, and a deck of past-life oracle cards.
The more “traditional” décor is art-related. I have beautiful pieces of blown glass from around the world, prisms, drawings, paintings, and a colorful mobile (a piece of delicate artwork suspended from the ceiling) from MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art).
You could say my sacred space is “mish-mash” of office/reiki room/mini art gallery, with a few plants thrown in the mix. Yet it works for me. In my home, it is my area of refuge. While in it, I feel a sense of calm, peace, and tranquility. Its atmosphere replenishes and grounds me. It revitalizes my energy when it feels depleted. This is my immediate ‘go-to’ place when I am stressed or overwhelmed.
Nearly all of us, empaths or not, endured an extremely overwhelming 2020-physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and/or financially. The past year has been taxing in a myriad of ways.
Now, more than ever, it is imperative we create a sacred space for ourselves. One that is ours alone. It can be anywhere and anyplace that soothes and comforts us, and helps us find calm in times of chaos.
Some time in your day today, try to turn off all the noises you can around you, and give yourself some ‘quiet time.’ In the silence, let yourself think about something. Or if possible, think about nothing.
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