Our lives are busy. We’re on the go much of the time with work, driving kids to their activities, running errands, and just living our lives. When we’re home we want our space to be comfortable. To feel good. To be a safe haven for ourselves, our families, and our guests. We want, and need, a place where we can rest and relax.
Making some simple shifts and additions to your home can create a sacred space that not only feels good, but also nourishes your soul and helps you to feel balanced and in harmony with your surroundings. Here are a few things to try:
1. Develop a daily meditation practice. Whether you are aware of it or not, your personal energetic vibration affects the energy in your surroundings. The more serene you feel, the better your home will feel. A regular meditation practice of even a few minutes a day can have a positive effect on you as well as your home.
2. Declutter your house. This step is absolutely critical for bringing the sacred into your home. Energy stagnates around clutter, which results in a heavy, dense feeling that affects your personal energy. Not only is it unattractive, it can also impact your ability to stay focused and make decisions, and it can lead to depression and a sense of failure.
3. Keep fresh flowers or live plants in your home. Flowers and plants have many benefits. They bring good energy and freshness into your home. They radiate happiness, reduce stress and anxiety, and inspire a sense of calm and relaxation. If you don’t have a green thumb, opt for beautiful bouquets of flowers rather than plants.
4. Light candles. Lighting a candle is in itself a sacred act. At the moment when your match touches the wick, set an intention for the light you are creating. Your intention might be for peace and harmony, love, prosperity, whatever you desire. And candles not only bring a beautiful glow to a room, they also bring in the element of fire, which has a purifying effect.
5. Fill your home with calming music. Music has the power to soothe the soul, enhance relaxation, boost creativity, and evoke wonderful memories. Select whatever music works best for you. You will know when you have chosen the right music because you can feel it in your body.
6. Choose art that inspires. Whether you hang it on your wall or place it on a shelf or table, select art and accessories that feel sacred to you. You might want to include images or statues of deities, framed quotations, crystals, singing bowls, or objects from nature. Select any items that resonate with you and bring you a sense of peace.
7. Enhance your space with aromatherapy. Essential oils are wonderful for shifting the energy in a room. Frankincense is one of the best for this purpose; however, there are numerous scents available that will induce a sacred feeling. Used in a diffuser, essential oils will permeate an entire room. Scented candles and incense are also lovely options. But whatever you choose, make sure they are all natural and free of synthetics.
8. Include the element of water in your environment. Tabletop fountains are wonderful to have in your space. Moving water helps energy flow in your home, and it also symbolically washes away that which no longer serves you. If a fountain is not practical, even a picture of water—especially waterfalls—can create a sense of the sacred.
Remember, sacred does not mean solemn. Sacred can be fun and joyful. Or it can be peaceful and calming. It’s whatever nourishes your soul and makes you feel good to be at home. Start with one change, or try them all. If your intention is sincere, you will begin to notice a difference right away.
Peggy Hughes is a certified space clearing professional and life coach and the owner of Conscious Living Pathways. She offers her clients multiple ways to have better lives. For more information, visit her website at www.consciouslivingpathways.com.