Quiet sanctuaries in your home…places to rest and revitalise…Is it possible?

Hello dear friends

2019 is already well into the third month! So much is happening and it’s happening at a very fast pace. We need to keep our sanity and to have times of switching our thoughts away from the hustle and bustle and busyness.

In 2013, after my husband passed on from this life, I went for grief counselling. At one of the sessions, we were talking about taking time out to breathe. Things can get pretty intense when winding up an estate while dealing with grief. Going away to a restful haven was not possible and so my counsellor suggested that I create tiny pockets of peace right in my own home. Her suggestion was to start with one small section and then, if I wanted to, create a haven in each room, so that no matter where I went, there was a place to sit apart and catch my breath.

This was one of the most exciting and yet challenging suggestions that she made to me. It has stayed with me, and now 6 years later, there are a few havens around the home. Spaces that bring my soul peace.

Cozy library corner

My cozy library corner: There is a little dead end in my home that has made the perfect little library. I go here to sit and read and relax my mind.

 

Stillness and Grounding

Stillness and Grounding: This space above my piano gives me little pockets of stilling my mind and grounding me when my mind gets too filled with worries.

 

Prayers and meditation

Prayers and meditation: All these little icons bring my soul to place of stillness.

 

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Sacred spaces…Special places…

zen circleA few years ago, I went to a Narrative Therapist for Grief counselling. Over a number of weeks she gave me a number of scenarios in which I slowly but surely found a new way of living. One of those scenarios was looking for, or creating new, sacred spaces within the space which was now so empty.

To begin with it was impossible to see anything. Everything was filled with the aching loss that I felt. She lent me a book filled with photographs of what various people had done with their living space to make it sacred, filled with soul.

This opened me up to looking around at my living space with new eyes. Places I could celebrate what was as well as what still is. It is still a work in progress, but so many spaces are now popping up, and some older spaces into which new ideas are being generated.

Outside:

Sacred spaces-garden 2The garden, filling up with trees, indigenous flowers, seedlings popping through the earth. This space has become a sacred space shared with all creatures-birds, lizards and frogs-not to mention my dogs and cat.

Sacred spaces-labyrinth

The labyrinth-a work in progress for many years, but slowly being defined and maintained.

Sacred spaces-fountainThe water feature-attracting birds to bath and drink. Ever changing as slowly but surely it becomes a sacred feature.

 

 

 

Inside:

Sacred spaces-spiritual cornerThe sacred office space-filled with music, and symbols of strength and prayer.

We all need sacred spaces. Spaces in which we can rest our body, mind and soul. Spaces without electronics in them. Sacred spaces where you can “Breathe in the positive and breathe out the negative”.

I encourage you today to look at your space with new eyes, to see if you can find a space that will fill your soul with peace and joy.

In love, light and harmony

Sue