One of my most cherished friends has a coffee table upon which is laid an iridescent, teal silk scarf from a spiritual journey to India, a necklace I gave her for Christmas, some peacock feathers, and a sculpture. This is but one of her Sacred Spaces, a place upon which she can gaze and smile. It evokes only positive, loving emotions and memories.
We all need a Sacred Space, not only a place of meditation and quiet, but places with talismans and representations of people and places that we love. Let’s call it a shrine to your psychological well-being. Children are masters at creating these spaces with an assortment of trinkets, each treasure is carefully selected.
I remember having a glorious, misshapen marble when I was a child. It was several shades of blue and shaped like an egg instead of the traditional sphere. It was actually deformed, but through the magical thinking of childhood, my tiny, deformed marble had special powers. I carried it with me everywhere, it was my secret weapon of happiness. Wherever it was placed, that space became special. I stared into its azure blueness as if I was peering through a microscope.
Adults tend to lose that sense of wonderment in objects that have no monetary value. Instead, we create spaces that are functional and collect items to fill an empty spot in the house. We live in rooms containing stuff. We collect and forget, the items lose meaning over time.
To create your Sacred Space requires only reflection upon what matters in your life. This place does not need to be spacious, and the objects do not need to be matched, organized, or sensible. It is only to please you, to make you smile. It could contain photos and found or bought items. There are no rules-except that every item must be a treasure and make you happy with its presence.
Your Sacred Spaces will evolve with the ebb and flow of life, but should always represent who you are and what matters. I still have that azure, egg-shaped marble and it’s still pretty cool.