Inside a sanctuary we find a private, sacred space that belongs to us alone. It’s the place where we are creative, while exploring the world around us — and also contemplative, while exploring the world inside us.
Each sanctuary space is profoundly personal. But through my research and an abundance of practice, I’ve found that certain features, shapes, even tactile experiences resonate like a tuning fork with our souls. Elemental crystals and deeply textured woods, the juxtaposition of pieces that emanate cool and warmth, the infinite symbolism of circles, quatrefoils and spheres — all serve to create spaces of beauty and order, creativity and light.
When designed with consideration and care, our environments cradle not only our bodies but also our spirits. And this is why, when we find sanctuary, we thrive.
In my writing about sanctuary, there are a few terms that I like to use as shorthand for larger concepts:
I often write about self care, and here’s what I mean by that: self care is carving out space for yourself, both literally and figuratively. It’s getting enough rest, taking time to meditate, and taking care of our body, for example. Self care is how we make sure our feet are on solid ground so we can make a difference in the world around us. This is putting your own oxygen mask on first.
When I talk about abundance, I am referring to a positive mindset that we already have what we truly need. So much of life is perception, and sometimes it’s easy to start focusing on all of the things we lack, whether it’s in our upbringing, our education, our resources, our time, or myriad other things. Abundance sees through that perception and causes us to be aware of the blessings all around us.
I mention being grounded. Think of having both feet planted solidly in the earth and that feeling of connectedness with the natural world. When I am grounded, I’m in a place of self-awareness, observant and connected with the world around me, and also feeling connected to my spirituality. Good self care leads to that feeling of being grounded.
We each need a sanctuary practice because creating sanctuary for ourselves fosters good things in life. Sanctuary is how, by creating peace around us, peace is inspired within us. And from there, we can bring the very best of what is within us to the people we love. To me, this is the good life — the sanctuary life.
I generally publish every two weeks, but it varies. Hurricanes happen and sometimes life gets a little crazy but I’ve put together a few ways we can stay in touch.
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This all culminates in encouraging us to slow down, breathe in life, and create for yourself that place where your body can rest, where your mind can be at ease, and where your spirit has a home.
Creating your own sanctuary space and spending time there will foster the growth of so many meaningful things in life.
If you want to jump right in, I’m offering a course entitled Seven Days to Sanctuary where I walk with you through the steps of creating this space of beauty and order, creativity and light.