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December 05, 2016
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Creating inspiring spaces in our homes

Natural and ritual objects gathered on a shelf create a “personal power place” in a hallway.
Photo by Ellie Bragha

So what might we feel drawn to include in our personal refuge? Consider a cozy chair and small shelf or table for starters. Add a pretty light, symbolic of the illuminated self. Be generous with creature comforts, like soft throws and pillows. A sketchpad, books of poetry or religion, knitting basket, soothing music source and natural objects that celebrate beauty, spirituality and nature can help direct us inward.

We may also wish to include a statue or art image of a religious figure, or a photo of someone we see as a teacher or guide in our space, wanting to be informed by them on some level. Following Eastern practices, we could incorporate offerings—water bowls, incense, candies, flowers and crystals are traditional. Lighting a candle or ringing a soft bell when we enter and leave our sanctuary could signal us to be fully present to receive the gifts it has to offer us.

By designating a supportive environment where we can engage in whatever quiet activities our heart knows we need, we take steps to connect with our highest selves and our inner treasury of wisdom, love and joy.

Remembering who we are

“Daily quiet time is so important for our personal journey and our relationships,” said Rev. Pat Filiault, a retired Unity minister. “The Gospel of Mark includes one of my favorite verses, ‘Come ye apart awhile and rest.’ It’s special advice, even if all you can find are a few meditative minutes in your favorite chair.”

As opposed to one designated space, Tammy Sola, master Reiki practitioner and spiritual counselor, places objects and assemblages for contemplation throughout her home, “to catch the eye and call to the soul.”

“I have lots around to speak to me, and they tend to be simple,” she says. “At times, I make more permanent altars for special prayer work, but big always gets complicated. I generally create arrangements without much fuss, and follow the seasons. A bowl of lemons and a sprig of mint. A seedling I can watch grow. A collection of found objects—beach sand, shells and a child’s ball; a photo of the hospital I was born in and my husband’s baby shoes; anything that grabs me, brings a smile and calls me to remember, ‘Ah, what a gift to be alive!’ or, ‘Yes, this is who I really am.’”

Sharing our peace