“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
― John Muir
“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
― John Muir
Prior to Covid, I taught a workshop on creating sacred space at local yoga studios. The Sacred Space Wellness Workshop was a delight to teach. Both the participants and myself typically left the workshop feeling a bit lighter and perhaps a bit wiser. As usually happens during these classes, topics suddenly change and we find ourselves in uncharted waters. The spontaneity of conversation is beautiful. It allows us to discover new ideas, new interests and hopefully we find a little peace. I miss the in-person workshops, as I feel they provided deeper connection and insight. However, I am grateful to still be able to share the content of the workshop through social media outlets.
Those who have participated in the past and shared not only their time, but their sacred experiences as well, and I am ever grateful. When we open ourselves to other points of view, realizing everyone is on their own path, we there by allow ourselves more space to experience life as it is in the moment. Below you will find some of the information presented in the workshops. As always you are welcome to contact me with any questions or comments. I wish you peace and blissful awareness in every moment.
Be sure to always physically clean the area prior to performing an energy cleanse. You should be in the proper state of mind also. Some meditation, yoga, chanting or other activity which brings about a sense of flow, as to not infuse the area with any residual personal energy. Get creative if you’d like and perform a personal ritual cleansing prior to clearing your space. Take a bath with oils, mindfully drink a cup of tea, and immerse yourself in the moment. Remember your intuition. If you suddenly feel like praying or chanting, go with it. Our inner knowingness guides us far better than we believe. As you light what it is you will burn, have your intention clearly in your mind.
Bay Leaves ~ Used for thousands of years for beneficial respiratory affects. Reduces anxiety and increases sense of peace. Burn in ash tray, do not inhale smoke directly.
Sage ~ Probably the most well-known spiritual cleanser, sage smudging will cleanse your space and your aura. Sage has been used for thousands of year by Native Americans for a myriad of ritual purposes. The sage smoke is said to absorb detrimental energies, anger, and even illness. If using a sage wand, you may want to repeat a blessing at each door and/or window and heavy traffic areas. A blessing such as “May all who enter find peace within these walls, May my dwelling be a sanctuary of love, May all who exit leave with a peaceful heart and tranquil soul.”
Frankincense ~ According to the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda, frankincense brings good health when burned every day. The Roman Catholic Church has been using frankincense for centuries to ward off evil. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties as well as aromatically relieving stress and depression. A bath with frankincense oil is said to relieve menstrual cramps.
Palo Santo ~ The Spanish name “palo santo” means Holy Wood. It has been used to treat headaches, depression, anxiety and cold symptoms. It is also used for energetic cleansing and the removal of evil spirits. It was considered sacred by the Incan’s and used as medicine.
Selenite ~ Clears and activates the third eye and crown chakras. Purifies the auric field while expanding awareness of higher realms. Selenite amplifies the vibrational energies of other crystals.
Peacock Feathers ~ Spiritual awakening and renewal. The eyes on the feathers symbolically represent the knowledge of the heavens, reminding us to seek inward for “the kingdom of heaven is within.”
Copper ~ Works well to facilitate spiritual energies between the root and heart chakras. Balances physical body and provides the connection between the physical and spiritual energies.
To meditate is defined as to think or focus deeply for a period of time in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. ~From google.
Relying strictly on definitive definitions for meditation can lead to stress while trying to meditate. This can lead to thoughts of “I’m not doing it right” or “I can’t clear my mind.” One should not have a goal while meditating. Just sit comfortably and focus on your breath. Feel the air flow in through your nose, down your throat and fill your lungs. Exhale slowly, deeply, being sure to expel all of the air from your lungs. If your mind drifts, it’s ok, just guide it back to your breath. Allow thoughts to float by like clouds on the sky. Inhale slowly, deeply feel your lungs expand. Pause. Exhale, slowly, deeply releasing your belly first then, rib cage, then chest. Once you become comfortable with following your breath, you may want to repeat a mantra aloud or silently. Mantras, like the breath are used as a focusing point, a tool to begin to know yourself better.
Devotionals are generally mediation, prayers, or mantras directed towards a specific religious practice, saint or god. For example, “Om Namo Ganeshaya” is a mantra for the Hindu God Ganesha. This mantra is used when beginning a new project or a new start in life to help remove obstacles and find success. Each of these are tools, simple ways of teaching yourself to slow your thoughts, be more mindful and peaceful.
When selecting items for your sacred space, keep in mind the 5 senses. We too often take our senses for granted. Practicing a sensory meditation is a good way to get back in touch with yourself and how you perceive the world. Below are suggestions for bringing awareness to the senses through sacred space.
Sight ~ objects that foster a sense of inner peace, colors.
Sound ~ Bells, Tibetan Singing Bowls, and music.
Touch ~ Mala or prayer beads, rosary, stones, coins.
Taste ~ during purification prior to beginning drink tea or mindfully eat a piece of fruit.
Smell ~ natural chemical free candle, incense, oil diffuser, or any of the above items.
We have been blessed with the gifts of sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell, yet most of us do not take the time to experience these sensations. You will find that your practice will flow into your daily routine. Drinking coffee or driving to work can potentially become a sacred experiences.
When we have dedicated space for our spiritual practices, we tend to practice more. When we practice (yoga, meditation, Reiki etc.) more consistently, we begin to bring more stillness, more time for quiet contemplation into our lives, magic happens! We become less anxious, less concerned with outcomes; and a desire to life authentically arises and everything becomess a sacred experience.
If you would like to know more or set up a free consultation on creating sacred space, please contact me!
Good Morning Monday! Usually my least favorite day of the week. I tend to be mopey and mal-adjusted on Monday mornings as I am longing for the laziness of the weekend. Not very mindful of me, this living in the past of yesterday or only looking ahead to Saturday. Five whole days of new beginnings mindlessly lived in a day dream of “has beens” and “what ifs.”
This morning, as I sat watching the sun rise, it dawned on me (haha Pun intended) that I need to take a cue from my verdant companions. I watch my succulents and herbs reach for the sun each day, never tiring, never complaining; only reaching, striving for the light. They bend effortlessly as they are kissed by golden rays, reviving and strengthening their delicate green limbs.
What am I doing to strengthen my limbs this early in the morning? I know what I should be doing: Sun Salutations and morning meditation. So what happened to my practice?
Like so many, I get distracted by the barrage of responsibilities we are all burdened with. Mindlessly going about the day dealing with a job we aren’t into, chores we don’t feel like doing; tons of email and social media to further distract while fueling ourselves with coffee upon coffee- no wonder I already feel like taking a nap! By 7am I have showered, washed dishes, put laundry away, taken care of the dog, gotten my son off to school, drank 2 cups of coffee while scrolling through social media and started work at my full time job as a Chemist.
Honestly, I am, like so many of us, looking at my mornings all wrong. Instead of viewing mornings as a chore, we need to view mornings as they really are: endless possibility!
It’s sounds cliche, but the mindset we start the morning with can dictate our day. Notice I used the word BURDEN before. This was intentional to further show how certain words carry a feeling. When we say we are BURDENED with something it implies a tiresome, weighed down feeling both mentally and physically. Are mornings actually burdensome? For some people, possibly; but for most of us, we would only rather sleep a bit longer, comfy in bed. This isn’t a burden. It is actually a blessing.
We need to look deeply at our dis-content. Getting frustrated with the morning is like getting mad at the weather; pointless! The morning (or the weather) is not out to get us. These things just are. This is where we have to learn to stop doing and start being.
We begin with our breath. When we feel frustration arise, we return to our breath: Breathing in we feel the air into our nasal passage and flow into our lungs. We feel our chest rise. Breathing out we feel our chest fall and the air flow out of our mouth. When we can focus on our breath, we can return to our center. We can feel the emotion, in this case frustration, flow through our body. We are able to recognize that we are not our emotions.
The feeling of frustration is due to a chemical response in our thought patterns. If we associate morning tasks with frustration, then we will feel frustration arise when we have to perform our morning tasks. What happens if we replace the word task with ritual? This little shift in context can shift our entire perspective.
What if preparing your lunch before work in the morning is a ritual, a sacred process of conscious preparation of that which gives us sustenance? Instead of frustration, perhaps gratitude will arise as we are thankful to have food while so many go without.
When we take the time to be mindful of our daily tasks (rituals) and emotions, our perspective can shift. We allow for expansion and understanding as we begin to create space where we can rest in the moment peacefully, even when life seems chaotic. We stop doing and start BE-ing.
Ideas and opinions change, views on life shift allowing for growth. New decisions and new choices allow new neural pathways to develop, creating room for more growth.
We flow moment to moment on waves of experience.
We allow our identity to be determined by our views and opinions and sometimes, even more so, by the expectations of others. This ID-entity is an illusion.
This illusion causes the separation we feel from all of creation.
We must learn to release our attachment to the idea that we are separate from our experience. We, along with everything else in the Universe, flow from moment to moment. We are a process of the Universe.
The Universe favors certain patterns (systems) which optimize flow. We see examples of this every day as our roadways resemble the circulatory or nervous systems in animals, the branches of trees, rivers and their tributaries; or the similarity between atoms and solar systems. Within these systems or patterns the flow of energy is optimized.
Briefly, let us think about the systems of our bodies- blood flows thru veins, air flows thru our lungs, hormones flow, thoughts flow- EVERYTHING is flow. Now let us think about the Earth: Rivers flow, air flows, Rock and ice flow. Nothing is static, everything is a process of flow, movement, change within a system (patterns) of energy.
Everything is energy. Life is an inter-play of energetic systems, a beautiful dance. We must allow awareness of our dance with the Universe to fully blossom in order to experience the infinite.
We create our world every day. Our thoughts and self-talk create our perception of ourselves. Our words create the relationships we have with others. Our political, religious, and social views create our how we see the world around us.
Take the time to listen to what is going on in your head. We all can become caught up in speaking or lost in constant mind chatter that we miss subtle nuances of our daily existence.
We have a choice in every moment. We can choose what we are creating, what we are putting out into the Universe.
What are you creating today? Ask yourself. Think about it. You might be surprised at what you discover.
The Universe provides us with opportunities in every moment to live our fullest most authentic expression of ourselves. We only need to be open to possibility.
When we are ready and able to relax and release our attachments we allow space for new experiences, new choices. These subtle shifts can have tremendous impact on our lives.
When we flow moments to moment, resting in mindful awareness, miracles happen. Our potentially manifests as Universal Love connecting us deeply; we lose our separateness, our ego. Only then, are we able to recognize that we are one; a single flow of energy existing beyond time and space.
Are you ready to touch the infinite?