“This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”
From “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)”
I am on the brink of a 30-day writing challenge (check it out here). I am excited. Scared. Hopeful. Jittery. And altogether nervous. This idea of sacred space is not new to me and all the more essential as I embark on this journey. It is also not new to tugging me into action. I have been a slow mover on this. Maybe I can finally give it the attention it deserves.
The hubs and I have a house with more places to sit than we have bums to sit in them. We laugh about it often. Just how many sitting areas can one house have? Seriously. So I recently decided to begin the process of beautifying the perfect space for me to write. As of now, it’s a little cavernous and empty. My hope is for it to feel like a cocoon. A place to which I can retreat, swaddled in sentimental items, create, write, think, be quiet, just BE. As I begin, I found the following article to be helpful: 5 Tips for Creating a Sacred Space.
I appreciate the need for uncluttered space if the desire is an uncluttered mind. I also am learning to retreat from mobile devices, social media and the likes when I first awake and before I drift off at night. I believe there is inherent anxiety surrounding our dependence upon such material things. The choice to either succumb or abstain is mine alone. The choice I make dictates the ease, serenity and fruitfulness of the morning and/or the peacefulness of my dreams to come.
To be sure, when I can, I carve out a little time in nature, gain a new perspective in the cleansing rain, to soak in the abundant miracles that surround us in our everyday lives. To sit. Be still. Be present in all the powerful wonder of this amazing gift of life, this miraculous universe full of energy and possibility. Our sacred space doesn’t inherently dictate that it must be indoors, in our homes, in our own yards. Find, cultivate, protect and nurture whatever space feels right, inspiring and reverent to you.
I am curious. What are your morning rituals for creating mindfulness, spaciousness, and peacefulness before starting about your day? What spaces have you created or claimed for yourself to calm the mind and nourish the spirit?
Love & Light
P.s. Here are a few of my inspiring finds!