Some of the blogs I have been reading have suggested the idea of setting aside sacred space for one’s spiritual contemplation, development, or just for simple quiet time. In a manner of speaking, I’ve had a space designated in that manner for nearly six months, but it wasn’t quite separate from the rest of the activity in the house. In fact, it shared space with my desk, which is in and of itself a place of financial stress, entertainment, and all around chaos at times.
A few weeks ago, upon hearing that our landlord had no intention of moving us out, I settled on the idea that I would claim some space in another room of the house and eventually make a quiet space out of it. This room has, in the past, been somewhat neglected, in spite of the fact that it is used daily as a classroom and playroom for our homeschooled son. After several weeks of work and thought, I finally “moved in” this morning.
Eventually I intend to get some sort of mat and cushion for the floor and probably some sort of cloth to decorate / protect the table, but I won’t say I’m not fairly content with things as they are. At least my shrine no longer has to live on a bookshelf with a printer sitting overhead!
While there are some drawbacks to using this room (lack of direct-access to the house’s air-conditioning or heat systems being the most apparent), I think I can overcome such concerns by simply being mindful of them and thinking ahead.
Ultimately, I think the space may provide me a way to get more involved in meditation, particularly as distractions such as the television and computer will be nowhere nearby.
While there are things in life that stress us, act as cause for us think negatively, placing us in an all-around bad mood at times, there is a certain value to having a place and time when one shuts it all down and empties themselves of it. Not everyone does this equally, or at all, but I’ve learned I can benefit greatly from it and I’m not afraid to say so.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend regardless of the stress life imposes upon you. Be well, my friends.