Creating a Sacred Space

fort-stockton-sunset.jpg In the thick of sawing, sanding, plastering and painting, I often take advantage of the meditative opportunities. During these moments, I find inspiration in the Bhagavad Gita, where a pro-active form of spirituality is recommended: Yoga, not as an escape or retreat, but a linking action between the person, earth, sky and cosmos.  

So, I let thoughts form, not as the doer, but as part of what is going on.  In the midst of crafting a home my thoughts peruse preparing food, feeding people and teaching others.  Installing the kitchen while meditating on its function helps to gain a feel for the house and how it works.  Of course, there are frequent interruptions, often comic, as deadlines approach and Sara and I have some of our more romantic moments as walls are plastered and ceilings are skim-coated. Each house has its own personality and we are participants in how it evolves.  

A home as a sacred space is evident in how well it enables nurturing for those who reside in as well as for visitors. Some of the traits to look for are how the welcoming the home is, what role does the kitchen (the heart chakra nurturing center of a home) play, the flow and ease of movement as well as light and how it moves through the house.  One red flag that most of us do not think about is too much storage.  This encourages organized clutter and unnecessary attachment—big distractions to the unimpeded flow of energy. It is better to find a good home for that unused Nordic Track, than to store it for years. Recycling and sustainability encourage movement and flow Stagnation and clutter in a home is the energy flow equivalent to a blockage of an artery, creating potential for a stroke or a heart attack in the nurturing department.  Why the emphasis on nurturing?  It is a primal function of all life giving relationships.  To nurture is to encourage growth, whether it is spiritual or material and the Bhagavad Gita teaches us that the difference between spiritual and material is the purpose, not the element. Thus, a sacred space is a facility that encourages growth, flow and purpose, enabling whatever path the dweller follows.  In the bigger picture, the home should also add to the community through encouraging interaction and flow among all who pass by. Now, back to making that cabinet level and plumb.

 

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