Curating Your Sacred Space
As we grow into womanhood or manhood, have kids, get married, get new jobs, etc., we are going to find our lives become busier and our personal space become smaller. It becomes more and more important that we have a space and time to ourselves. Sacred space allows us a spot that is dedicated to self-reflection and deepens the connection that we have with our faith.
Here are some tips to creating your own sacred space (or altar):
This may sound simple, but the most important thing to do is make it your own. Many times we try to emulate what we think a sacred space should look like (ie candles, incense, buddha), but your sacred space is not about what it is “supposed” to be. It is about what you need it to be. If burning incense gives you clarity, burn ‘em! If they give you a headache, girl let them go in exchange for a non-scented candle. You can add pictures of your family,
Your space needs to be a reflection of you and the elements that make you. These elements keep you grounded and at peace with your surroundings and can be found right outside your door. The four elements you should include are:
Earth carries feminine energy and represents grounding. You can place flowers, crystal, or stones in your sacred space to represent earth.
Water symbolizes intuition, healing, and reflection. You can literally put a bowl of water in your space or choose to add things that represent water like seashells.
Air is life. Of course, it is all around us, but try to have a symbol to represent this element. You can always use incense or feathers.
Fire represents creative energy and strong will. You can represent fire by lighting a simple candle.
Not everyone does or will view your space as sacred. When you begin to build your space, a cloth that represents strength and resilience to you may look like a simple blanket to someone else. Don’t be offended. Clearly, let people know how you value your space and not to disturb your scared peace.
Sacred space and time align to create divine interactions. Your sacred space will have no meaning or purpose unless you spend time in it. Try to carve one day a week where you take some time alone to embrace yourself in your sacred space.
Your sacred space is a place to let go, find focus, and dive deeper within your faith. Seek it, designate it, and cherish it.