When I meditate, I usually just sit on a chair, the floor or the bed and go into practice. But occasionally, I set up a sacred space. What does this mean?
For me, I don’t have much space in my small flat to dedicate a somewhere permanently, so I create a makeshift altar using my coffee table. I clear it of everything, and empty the room of clutter as much as possible. I bring a few items which hold significance for me personally: –
- a candle, which represents the light I carry inside me;
- some crystals and a plant, which for me, represent the beauty and power of the earth. Two of the crystals are gifts from my brother and my sister, so those remind me of the love of family;
- some incense or essential oil, which can help to engage my senses and release emotion;
- my small Buddha statue, this little figure sitting in cross legged posture reminds me of my intention to cultivate a peaceful state …
- Tibetan bells, which again engage my senses, and create a beginning and an end to a meditation;
- Reiki symbols, these are symbols I paint in the air with my hand, to bring in the healing energy of Reiki (yes that Reiki post is on its way…!). Some of the symbols are of Buddhist origin and some are of Shinto origin;
- a cushion or 3 so my bum doesn’t get sore!
Whether you are meditating or praying, you can set up a sacred space to help you gain focus and clarity to your practice. Other items could include photos of loved ones, a beautiful landscape, an image or representation of a goal you would like to achieve (a miniature car for example if your goal is to pass your driving test), flowers or even play a piece of music which holds meaning for you. Small water fountains or a piece of fruit can also be useful. Sometimes I also use Post-it notes with words written on them to help make my intentions more tangible (patience, forgiveness, acceptance etc.)
Your meditation space does not have to be at home if you don’t feel comfortable there. You can take your items to a park, or to a friends place where you feel comfortable and welcome. The woods is one of my favourite places, which might be obvious from the amount of tree pictures on here!
Once you have your space ready, the only thing left to do is decide what you will pray for, meditate on, give gratitude for or begin manifesting!