When was the last time that you were truly able to slow down, breathe consciously, and ground yourself?
Between work, family, errands and other social commitments, it can be difficult to find the time to be still, reflect and reenergize. We push ourselves every day to meet our deadlines, stay on top of our bills, uphold our responsibilities and make ourselves available to those we love and care about, but so often we end up putting off our own needs and neglecting to properly love and care for ourselves in the process.
But when we continuously place ourselves last, we are inevitably left feeling tired, drained, burned out, anxious, irritable, overwhelmed, disconnected with ourselves and out of step with the flow of the Universe.
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Even when we do try to be mindful and disciplined in our self care practice, we rarely do so in an environment that encourages tranquil solitude and meaningful inner work — we may endeavor to meditate in the morning but perhaps our partner is getting ready to leave or our children demand our attention and we are unable to fully concentrate; We may try to journal before going to sleep at night but perhaps the room is cluttered and we are distracted by the disarray; We may sit on the couch and hope to simply quiet the chatter in our minds, but perhaps the room itself is dreary and uninspiring. Whatever the case, despite our best efforts, we’re not always quite able to adequately center ourselves and this only adds to the frustration and negative energy that we have already begun to accumulate.
Yet grounding and self care is so essential to our spiritual wellbeing and our ability to be present in our minds and bodies;
This helps us to think more clearly, connect with our emotions more authentically and express our feelings more honestly and openly. We are better equipped to tap into our intuition and make choices and decisions for ourselves that are more aligned with our truth and values. We have more confidence in ourselves and compassion for others. We have more love in our hearts and more energy overall.
Creating sacred space in your home is a beautiful and effective way to make the most of the time you dedicate to nurturing your spirit. Not only does this create a peaceful atmosphere of clear and calming energy, but whether you are meditating, journaling, journeying, doing energy work or working with your spirit guides, the ritual itself of devoting purposeful you time in your sacred space helps you focus and strengthen your intentions.
Your sacred space can be as big as an entire room or as small as a simple altar in a corner that you feel drawn to — the size of your space does not improve or worsen the quality of the time you spend there, so long as you fill it with loving energy and high vibration items.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
It is amazing how much vitality and serenity a single little plant can add to a space that feels otherwise dull and lifeless. Adding a vase of your favorite flowers or a pot of your favorite succulents is a lovely way to bring earth energy into your space. Some plants to consider that are regarded as particularly high vibrational plants are:
- Jade Plants
- Aloe Vera
Crystals and gem stones have been used throughout history to aid in healing, balancing and and shifting energy. Some of the best crystals to keep in your sacred space are:
- Selenite, for purifying energy
- Amethyst, for enhancing intuition
- Clear Quartz, for amplifying energy
- Rose Quartz, for soothing heart chakra energy
- Angelite, for calming
- Black Tourmaline, for grounding
- Chakra Stones, for healing chakra energy
I like to include little totems to honor my animal spirits for their wisdom and loving guidance. These can be small figurines or wooden carvings, works of art, drawings, jewelry — anything that you feel represents your animal spirits and helps you connect with them.
Essential oils are derived from various flowers, plants and trees, and can be diffused to enhance your space with their therapeutic fragrances. Some of the best essential oils for stress relief and grounding are:
The word “Sage” itself is derived from the Latin “Salvia”, or “healing plant,” and has been used for hundreds of years in Native American cultures to purify and clear negative energy.
Burning Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood” is another ancient spiritual cleansing technique used for centuries by the Incas, Shamans and other Indigenous tribes in South America.
I like to incorporate items that represent the four elements of nature — earth, air, fire and water. These can include a small bowl of salt or beautiful stones, incense, bells, or feathers, candles, fountains, small bowls of water, seashells, or driftwood.
Other items to consider including are photographs or mementos of your ancestors, oracle cards, and any objects or icons of things that you are working on manifesting in your life.
Don’t forget the power of sound!
- Nature sounds like rain, thunder, or the ocean
- Tibetan singing bowls
- Om chanting
- Shamanic drumming
- Zen meditation music
- Native American flute music