This is the fourth and final part of a series on the importance of knowing and loving the self. In the past weeks, I’ve shared a bunch of self-exploration and empowerment techniques and tools. I hope you enjoy the final installment of this series. Please leave a comment about whether this was a useful series for you and what topics you’d like covered in the future.
Across all ancient healing traditions, women have always created a sacred space all their own for creating, celebrating and connecting with the divine feminine. In this space a woman could connect with both the personal and universal aspects of herself. This was her place to be. Altar, shrine, sanctuary – different traditions have accorded their own names to this sacred space. But it’s purpose has always been to bring us home to ourselves.
A modern day sanctuary would look like a little space, maybe in a corner of your home or office. This is your space to settle into, when you are in need to heal, integrate, meditate or tap into higher guidance.
Maybe you’ve created a space like this without knowing it. I noticed this when I went to get my hair done recently. My stylist had created a small corner in the cubicle with crystals, sea shells, an inspirational message cut out from a magazine, and a little plant. When I asked her about it, she just shrugged and said, “I just found these things and put them together. Looking at them makes me happy.” This comes naturally to us. We tend to bunch a few ornaments and objects together on the living room mantel or the office table. What gives your sanctuary a different quality is the intention with which it is created and visited. You can make your sanctuary as big or as small as you want. If you have your own room then keep it as a sacred space – burn incense, light candles, play soothing music, hum and dance here. If you share your home with someone, then find a corner that you can claim to be completely yours. Add a table and a chair so you can keep things and meditate.
Let this sanctuary be the space you connect with, find, and celebrate yourself and your divinity. Let it become your home inside your home where you love, and are loved unconditionally.
In this space you can:
- Meditate and connect with your inner guidance
- Read a book on inner growth
- Journal about your intentions, dreams and aspirations
- Give thanks for all that is available to you
- Release negative emotions and feelings of unforgiveness or resentment towards others
- Tune into your body and listen to her messages
- Allow your creativity to express itself in the form of art, music, poetry or anything else that brings you joy 🙂
Do you have a sanctuary? What is your favorite thing about it? If you don’t have one, how would you like to create this special space for yourself?