Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Take a Break: Create Sacred Space

According to Joseph Campbell,  Sacred space (a space for uninterrupted reflection and unrushed creative work) is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

Qigong is my sacred space as it helps me focus, calm down, problem solve and much more. I have some of my best ideas and insights while so engaged.

Unless I’m doing Qigong outside, and nothing makes me happier than being able to do this by the ocean, I find it important to clean the space. If it’s in the bedroom, where I have a niche, the bed needs to be made and the floor clean as I don’t like being distracted by dirt or other items that don’t belong there.

Sacred space can be a time of day, a place and/or a practice, (e.g. yoga, meditation, Qigong). There are no requirements here. As Campbell put it, “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”

Maybe you already have a sacred space that you’ve never identified as such. Could be a cafe where you like to just sit, the perfect bench at the park, a walking path, Tuesday night yoga or even tea in your favorite mug first thing in the morning.

There are lots of recommendations on line about creating a sacred space in your home with icons, prayer pillows, altars and so forth. One site to check out is How to Create a Sacred Space in Your Home .

If you have a place that means a great deal to you, e.g. ocean, bring something from there (rocks) and put in your home so that it can serve as a reminder to recharge and your connectedness to it.

There is no right or wrong way to do this. Let how you feel be your guide.

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