Creating Sacred Space
April 1, 2008 · Print This Article
Creating Sacred Space is vital to your personal practice of meditation. By drawing upon the the power of sacredness, you enliven a space for meditation, making it easier to meditate and naturally drawing your awareness within.
Below are seven essential practices for cultivating sacredness in your enviroment.
1. Set an Intention – Manifest your intention by setting aside a particular space for meditation. Whether its an entire room, or the corner of a room, you must have a space that is dedicated solely to your practice of meditation. That area should only be used for the purpose of meditating. Special Note:If you are using a small portion of a room, you may find it helpful to block off that area with a folding screen when you are not meditating.
2. Remove Clutter – Remove all clutter from the space you are cultivating. Anything that is not a part of your meditation practice should be stored somewhere else.
3. Bow to Your Heart – When you enter the room, bow your head and place your right hand on your heart. Take a deep breath in and inwardly offer your gratitude to this space for its support in your meditation.
4. Bow in the Four Directions – If kneeling is not a hardship, kneel on the floor and bow your head so it touches the floor. If you must remain standing, keep your hand on your heart and bow your head gently. As you bow, acknowledge that God is in this direction. Bow in the four directions and to the Earth and to the Sky. Each time you bow, do so with the recognition that God is here.
5. Bow to Your Meditation Seat – Let your head come to rest on your meditation seat, either the chair or cushion, or if you have an asana, bow your head to gently touch that. As you bow to your meditation seat, do so with the inner awareness, God is here too.
6. Bow Inwardly – After you have bowed in the four directions, to the Earth, the Sky, and your meditation seat, sit on your meditation chair or cushion and take a comfortable seated posture. Gently bow your head and offer your gratitude inwardly, into the space of your heart in the center of your chest. Do this with the awareness that God is here too.
7. Practice Restraint – When you are finished meditating, do not allow yourself or others to talk excessively in the sacred space you have cultivated. Neither should you allow degrading thoughts or actions to weaken the energy of the space. Be aware of your intention to create this sacred space and be mindful of your speech while in that space, as well as your thoughts and especially your actions. Special Note: If you are using a portion of the room, try to section that part of the room off, usually with a folding screen in order to preserve the integrity of the space, even though the rest of the room may be used for other purposes.
Creating sacred space requires time and devotion. As you practice the methods I’ve shared with you, you will discover that creating sacred space is not just an outward practice, but an inner one as well. In this way, creating sacred space leads us into a deeper experience of love by opening new pathways into the heart. Please contact me with questions or comments.