Creating a Sanctuary in Your Home

Places of meditation and contemplation have a restorative influence on the mind, body, and spirit. In a world where our daily rhythm is increasingly more hectic, the need for sanctuary becomes ever more important.  If you are considering beginning a regular spiritual discipline, having a space to go to for uninterrupted time will be an important aspect of your routine.


At the Center for Spiritual Integration, consideration of the external environment is crucial to the process of centering and deepening. We offer in-home consultations to help you begin the process of creating a place of sanctuary in your home.

 

Aspects of Creating a Sacred Space

  1. Intention—How you intend to use a sacred space will determine its design. 

  2. Color—The impact of color is powerful in terms of the effect it has on mood and mental energy. 

  3. Incorporating the Five Senses—In most traditions, the stimulation of the senses helps to alter awareness and mark a change in space and time.

  4. Altars—Altars function as a focus point upon which objects are placed that contain visual or symbolic significance. The choice of objects can include personal symbols, photos, religious pictures, incense, or candles.

  5. Music—Depending on your spiritual tradition, the use of music can enhance reflection, inspiration, and relaxation.

  6. Journaling and Reading Material—Many individuals use time spent in sanctuaries to reflect upon their thoughts through reading inspirational material or by tracking and recording their thoughts in a journal.

  7. Crossing a Threshold—The concept of entering a sanctuary is important to help transition from your daily concerns to a time of contemplation.

  8. Outdoor Garden Sanctuaries—The interaction with nature is a way that many individuals feel most connected with the Divine. Creating your own outdoor sanctuary can become a place of refuge in all seasons of the year.

A gardener’s altar may be his garden, where sacraments of seed and bud contain the grace of God’s life-giving power; a painter’s altar may be her easel, where sacraments of canvas and oil evoke the grace of God’s creative genius; a father’s altar may be his lap, where sacraments of children exhibit the grace of God’s love… The search for sacraments becomes a search for our connections to God and to one another, and there is no end to them.

 

— Barbara Brown Taylor