According to research published by Psychology Today, an appreciation of the sacred and a search for meaning beyond ourselves can promote strengthened relationships with others, positive emotions, and a sense of purpose in life. Whatever your spiritual beliefs (or non-beliefs) may be, it can be calming to have a special spot in your home reserved for quiet introspection and reflection.
You might designate an entire room, or maybe a cozy nook in the corner of your bedroom would be perfect. Whatever space you choose, let it be a place where you can rest, re-connect with what is meaningful in your life, and be inspired to pursue your passions.
1. Find a physical place (large or small, inside or out) that encourages a peaceful and quiet unplugging from your day. You could use a special seat, sofa, rug, or a small corner of a quiet room. Once you pick an actual place, it will encourage you to sit down and take a much-needed moment to yourself.
2. Give yourself a comfortable place to sit. Throw down a couple of fluffy floor pillows, select an inviting chair, or even better — use a pillow to soothe your weary head while laying down on a favorite rug to rest your body.
3. Personalize your space. Add photos, books with favorite words of wisdom, candles, plants, music, or anything else that makes you feel relaxed, relieved, and content. Pick a name for the space that is personal, too. It could be called a sacred space, but it might be an unplug station, a bliss banquette, or a Leave Me Alone I'm Re-charging Nook.
4. Add a journal to record your questions, musings, or inspirations from the day. Keeping a journal allows for the self-expression that a sacred space tends to cultivate, and can also be a great way to remember your past reveries. If writing is not your thing, consider listening to music or any sound that might encourage you to relax (a fountain, wind chimes, etc.)
Taking the time to create a designated unplugging station — a respite from the deluge of texts, emails and other electronic bleeps and incessant stimuli in our lives — can be a wise gift to yourself: a reminder to take a little bit of time each day to unlplug, to tune out, and to turn in.
(Image: Soy candle from Etsy seller Luminology)