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Creating Sacred Space

Creating Sacred Space

It is important to find a way to connect with a sense of the sacred in some way. Churches, synagogues, and meditation centers are usually designed with this in mind. There one can find the quiet openness and symbols of the sacred that help us enter into a different frame of mind. Some people say they prefer nature for this purpose, which is fine. But as with the church and synagogue, you must bring a certain kind of attitude and intention with you to these places as well. It would be a shame to be in a beautiful natural place and hike through it with the same hurry and worry that we have in the rest of our lives.

Perhaps even more important, find a space where you live to remind you of the sacred. Perhaps it is just a simple altar (a table, that is) with a vase and flower upon it. Or perhaps you would like to adorn it with symbols of the sacred that speak to you, such as a statue of a Buddha or a saint.

This practice can be very healing. So often we feel alienated, isolated, and alone. But connecting with the sacred is a powerful antidote for this.

The content of your sacred space, how you set it up and where, and what you put there, should be entirely in keeping with what works for you to evoke this sense. But the purpose all sacred space is the same—to remind us that all space is ultimately sacred.

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