On the first day of the New Year, I sent out a text to the women closest to me (in proximity and in my heart) offering to redesign a space in their homes (for FREE!) in order to build my interior styling portfolio. As you can expect, the response was VERY positive and I have enough redesign projects to get me through the first half of the year practically. One trend that I quickly noticed is that more than half of the projects involve creating a sacred space for prayer, meditation, yoga, or reading. Call it a book nook, meditation room or whatever you’d like but these are sacred, private home sanctuaries and it excites me to have friends that are dedicated to their spiritual growth enough to dedicate square footage to it.
- Eliminate all clutter. Pull everything out of the space, including the old carpet on the floor (if applicable) and start fresh by only adding the necessary elements back to the room. Keep the space spare to allow for its true purpose to remain evident because if you treat it like a walk-in closet instead of a home sanctuary then it will become a walk-in closet and not your desired sacred space.
- To ensure the space exudes positive energy, be sure to follow the guidelines of feng shui. Incorporate water, fire, earth, metal, and natural wood into the space.
Water: stimulates wealth, abundance and fluidity.
Fire: inspires passion and creativity.
Earth: generates stability, knowledge and nourishment.
Metal: cultivates strength.
Wood: dictates good health and vibrant health.
3. Maximize your peace of mind. The space should increase your level of calmness, comfort and tranquility each time you enter it. It should be kept simple but filled with personal components that de-stress you. Soothing music or chimes, your yoga mat, a floor cushion, natural sunlight, a library of your favorite reads, and artwork that inspires you are a few basic elements to consider. Expanding your spiritual practice, increasing your health and growing intellectually will be the result of a tranquil sanctuary.