How to Create Your Own ZEN at Home
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if just for half an hour a day, we could escape the big city noise, its traffic, its busy frantic life – where everyone is rushing somewhere, doing something, calling someone? If just for half an hour we could make time stop and stay in the ‘now’ – praying, meditating, letting ourselves soak in the surroundings, feeling a wave of peace, relaxation and absolute harmony wash through our body? If we did not have to worry about; picking up the kids after school, getting ready for a meeting at work, remembering to buy laundry detergent?
It sounds too good to be true?
It is our birth right to have our own piece of the world, where we can feel that way. This place is called a sacred space. And the best thing is that you do not have to climb to the top of the Himalayan Mountains or go deep into the wild to finally reach it. Your personal little sanctuary can be created right in your own house.
Here is a step-by-step manual to create your own sacred space:
1. Choose a place in your house that feels good.
No, I am not talking about the couch in front of the TV. I am talking about an area that feels peaceful. It can be a corner of your bedroom that is illuminated by the first rays of sunlight at dawn, a place in your living room that is not directly visible from the hallway or a sun-room overlooking a garden. For example, my sacred space is hidden in a little wall arch in my bedroom.
2. Do some cleaning.
It is strange how it works, but cleaning and decluttering the place for your sanctuary, actually clears away old negative energy and allows calming positive energy to flow freely throughout the space.
3. Create an altar space.
An altar is a spiritual focus point of a house that serves as an acknowledgment of your sacred space. It does not matter whether you believe in God, the Universe, Higher Powers, or Artificial Intelligence – building your home’s sacred space is not about religion. It is about bringing out the spiritual part in you. To me an altar is the focus point during my meditations, a portal that helps me to connect with divine energy, and a reminder of what is truly important in my life and what is merely the buzz of our busy materialistic world.
So how do you start building your personal home altar?
You pick a desk, a nightstand, a sideboard, or a dresser (preferably not too high, so you are able to see it when you are seated) and cover it, if needed, with a cloth that you like!
4. Arrange your “sitting” area.
You need to feel comfortable and grounded when you are in your sacred space. A regular Yoga mat can make a perfect and non-costly “sitting” solution for your daily prayers, meditations or “me-time” breaks. If you do not have a Yoga mat, or feel uncomfortable sitting on the floor, try sitting on a chair. Just make sure to keep your back straight and your feet comfortably placed on the ground.
5. Choose the right pieces for your altar.
Walk around the house and look for pieces that inspire you and help you get in touch with your spiritual side. It can be a picture, a symbol of divine and protective energy, a stone, an object that is dear to you, statuary, or anything that makes you feel centered, grounded and happy. Do not get obsessed with getting it just right and incorporating too many items together! It is not about quality or perfection. It is about honoring your spiritual self.
6. Get in touch with your senses.
Bringing your senses together helps to evoke the sixth sense of divine intuition, clarity and inner peace.
7. Have fun with this!
There are no strict rules of what your sacred space should look like. Do not approach it as a design project, where all the items have to be color and size coordinated! Have fun with this! Your sacred space is your personal piece of the world that should feel right only for you and no one else!
• Smell. The power of scent has been used for thousands of years to improve physical and mental health. This is why oils, scented candles and incense are often used in the creation of altars. For example the scents of sandalwood and nag champa are known to improve concentration, lavender and rose have a relaxing and calming effect on our mind and body, while the scents of lemon and peppermint are appreciated for their energizing and invigorating properties.
• Sound. For people, who are just discovering meditation, the silence of a room can be deafening. Relaxing music (the sounds of nature, mantras, classical and religious music) playing in the background helps to block the noise from the street and keep you focused on your prayers, and meditation. If music is distracting to you, you can add a fountain and listen to the gentle trickling of water falling on stones. It is just as relaxing!
• Vision. Colors are just as important in creating your altar as smells. For example, green is associated with nature and growth and is one of the most restful colors. Yellow is known to uplift our spirits, improve concentration and memory and provide much needed relief from burnout and stress. Blue is the color of inspiration, peace and spirituality. It helps to open up and connect with the divine essence of our being.
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