Creating a Sacred Space within
Growing up going to Church I was familiar with prayer, and ritual, to some extent, but it wasn’t until I left the UK and went overseas to South America that I discovered meditation. In 2015, I enrolled in a ten day Vipassana silent meditation retreat to find out what it was all about. It was life changing. Ten days sitting on the floor, meditating for up to 11 hours per day, certainly provided the opportunity to get to know myself better; to experience this silent witness I had not encountered before. The fact that it was all me, intrigued me further, and the ensuing journey with meditation has unfolded ever since
Meditation gave me a window to my soul; a neutral stance with which to observe my emotions, behavioural patterns, learned conditioned responses; it was all there for me to see, sense and feel! It was not all pretty. It was an opening to gain a fresh perspective on past events, things I was still holding on to that I could just let go of. Of course, the more I released, it made way for deeper layers to come up, but that’s the nature of personal transformation and healing; an ever-flowing river that yearns for movement and surrender.
Vipassana is one of numerous meditation techniques that provided me with a foundation to create and develop my own practice. I enjoy a range of techniques and I feel it’s important to explore and find one that works for you, like any healthy growing toolkit. Meditation was and still is, instrumental in my journey of personal development, healing and on-going transformation.
Consider a Sacred Space
When I consider a Sacred Space I am drawn to a place that feels homely, warm, inviting and secure. Somewhere I can be me, fully express myself, be accepted, and celebrated. This ‘place’ is often thought of as somewhere outside of us, and it can be, however, I invite you to journey with me inward and connect with your inner world. Your sacred space is waiting…
Creating an internal sacred space offers an opening with our multifaceted being; where inner wisdom resides. It is a bridge to experience our nature as spiritual beings joining and connecting with the subconscious mind. Our internal landscape is rich with potential; meditation is an accessible space we can venture in and be with ourselves.
Whether meditation is a long-term practice, fairly new or just beginning, it is inevitable that you will encounter a space that is new and unique for you. It may appear colourful, sensory, peaceful, still, visual, informative; the subjective experience is infinite in possibility.
Each time you go within, a new experience is waiting to unfold.
Inviting in Sacredness
A sacred space within is yours to create!
Sitting in a comfortable position, turning off distractions, minimising disruption as best you can, close your eyes. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, allow your shoulders to relax and your body to come into your awareness. Observe the breath and what is present.
Consider what you’d like to invite into your sacred space?
This can be imagined, visualised, felt, sensed and experienced…
Accessible for everyone, meditation is a soulful and practical tool to guide and support us in numerous ways; to build inner resilience, cultivate inner wisdom and create a feeling of belonging, grounding and safety.
Play with it!
You can call in guides, your inner child, animal totems, and paint a canvas of imagination where you are at ease. This is yours to visit anytime.
Agh, how safe and cosy does that feel?