This is the time of year that I find myself craving the sacred space of home. How about you? More than any other time of year, I’d be just as happy to stay inside, wrapped up with a blanket and a book, knitting and a movie or cooking in my kitchen.
Lets dive into cultivate the practice of creating the sacred space of home.
Each of us needs to define what makes a place home. I invite you to explore all of your senses.
How does home feel? Cool, warm, dry, soft, cozy, clear, cluttered, bohemian, calm, energetic, loving, nurturing etc…
What does home look like? Is it colorful, minimalist, bright and sunny, eclectic, sentimental?
What are the smells of home? Fresh, like baking or cooking, do you use aromatherapy, candles, what scents do you love?
What do you hear? Children playing, birds singing, trains, pets talking, traffic, sirens, the school nearby, filled with music, stop and notice.
What do you taste? Does home mean homecooked meals and nurturing food or are you happy to have coffee and grab something elsewhere.
Each of our senses invite us to explore what makes home meaningful for us.
Through the journey of our senses we come to notice the things, the light, the people, the smells, the memories that we create and evoke when we cultivate home as a sacred space.
When our homes are overly cluttered, overflowing with so much stimulation that we begin to feel crowded out and confused, we need to re-connect with how we want our homes to feel. I invite you to take some time before the holiday season to get clear about what defines the sacred space of home for you. Spend some time clearing out or at least packing away what no longer feels sacred. We can become so busy and overwhelmed with feelings of obligation and guilt that we keep things that no longer serve our lives.
The popular books The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo have become quite popular over the last several years. I personally think it is because Marie hit on this idea of sacred space and sacred objects in our home. She invites us to hold and gather our objects to determine if they “Spark Joy”. At the root of what she is cultivating is the process of reconnecting with our life as sacred!
The things we invite into our home and our lives should express who we truly want to be but so often we settle for less.
How sad is that? Perhaps having recently celebrated a birthday I am noticing and being more intentional about how I dress, what I look at in my home, the objects I surround myself with. These objects have meaning, they carry energy and I certainly want to be cultivating a practice of surrounding myself with what “Sparks Joy”, feels sacred, meaningful, has the least impact on our planet…things that are well designed and function beautifully!
What does Creating Sacred Space of Home mean for you?