Choose an area of your home that you find particularly attractive
or peaceful. It might be a room, or a corner in a room. It might
be a closet or a stairwell. It might be windowless or flooded
with light. The size of the space is not important.
Begin to clear out that space until it is completely empty.
Bring a chair or a sitting pillow into the room and sit for several
minutes, feeling the emptiness of the space.
Be attentive to the images and impressions that float across your
mind. What do you feel is missing in the space? What does the
space seem to "want"? If you were going to meet God
in this space, what would you want it to look like?
Record your thoughts and ideas in a journal.
Begin to bring items into the space one at a time. You might bring
such things as a candle, a favorite rock, an icon, a cross, a
vase of fresh flowers, a beautifully woven blanket, a holy book,
a beautiful piece of glass, a table, etc. Avoid bringing in several
items at once because it is much too easy to begin to fill
the space rather than draw out from the space.
Again, sit in your space being mindful of the change in the space
as each item is added. If you feel you have put in too much, take
out items one by one just as you put them in. You will know when
you have just enough—the space will feel hallowed.
When it is 'just right,' take off your shoes, enter the space,
and offer it and yourself to the God who is One.
You will find that you do not have to force yourself to go into
your sacred space. The space and the Spirit in the space will
call you from the busyness of your life into that inner stillness
where hope and holiness meet.