Your Sacred Space

By Staff

Devoted souls have been making space in their homes for
spiritual retreats since ancient times. The tradition lives on in
places like Mexico, where shrines and altars grace many homes and
the altarista (altar builder) holds a position of
spiritual power. In the United States, however, we seem to have
forgotten that an important function of objects is to remind us of
the intangible.

But that may be changing. The altar is emerging as an important
focus of many U.S. homes, reports Yes! (Winter
2006).

In today’s world, we need personal places of sanctuary more than
ever, and creating one for yourself needn’t be complicated. A
simple altar tucked into a closet, bookshelf, or its own corner of
the backyard can bring mindfulness to everyday life. People who are
not religious can dedicate an altar to an intention like peace or
strength, or to serve as a material reminder to take a breath and
collect your thoughts.

To be your own altarista, first decide on your altar’s
purpose. Choose objects that inspire all your senses — figures,
colorful fabric, candles, incense, chimes. Let it remind you daily
to meditate, daydream, write, practice yoga — whatever revitalizes
you.

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