Try these ideas for creating sacred space at home, adapted from Presbyterians Today. Since God is accessible everywhere, you can designate any space as your sacred space.
- Try to find a place in your home where you already go to feel at peace. Think about where you go when you want to calm down or need a moment to yourself.
- For many people, a comfortable place to sit is a key element, as it allows us to relax. Make sure you’re rested before moving into a time of reflection and prayer.
- Either minimize or creatively embrace physical distractions in the space. Even if they don’t leave the room, maybe you can rearrange the space, so they are out of your sight.
- See if there is a way to bring meaningful or peaceful items into the space. These might be pictures of family and friends, candles, plants, chimes, etc.
In addition to physical changes in the space, consider your spiritual/emotional state as you enter your sacred space.
- When entering a special time of worship or prayer, try to do so intentionally. Decide that this is a time you are going to focus on prayer, or read Scripture, or engage in extended worship. Allow yourself to set aside other concerns until your time of worship or prayer is over.
- Mark the start and end of your time with a pattern. This might be taking a few deep breaths, lighting a candle, or reciting a prayer or verse of Scripture.
- Try to set aside distractions that might pull you away from your sacred space. Turn your phone on silent or “do not disturb” — especially if you are using it as part of your prayer or worship time. If you aren’t planning to use technology, you might even leave it in another room.
Adapted from the Presbyterian Mission with permission. Click here to read the original article.