Sunday, March 20, 2011

Time For Me Now Inspiration - Sanctuary

Where do you go when your heart, soul and mind need a break?
Do you have a place of refugee?

Each of us needs a special place to recharge and replenish our energy! If you have such a special place where you can be still, be silent and recharge, both mentally and physically, that is outstanding.

Perhaps you have heard of a Sanctuary but not quite sure what that means or how to go about creating such a place. A Sanctuary is a place that is special just to and for you.
A place or area where a "Time for Me Now" is set aside to remove yourself from every day stress and activities.

For most, if not all of us, our lives are hectic and can be very stressful. Decisions to be made, appointments to be kept, families to be taken care of...... OK,  you get the pictures.

A Sanctuary is a place just for you to relax. This could be an area in the living room, a place in the bedroom, an outside courtyard with flowers perhaps even a fountain. The space doesn't have to be large, it just needs to be your space. Create your space with photos of loved ones, books, candles, anything that brings you comfort and supports your goal of replenishing your energy and spirit!  The space can be simple or as elaborate as you want to make "your" space. The key is to have it be an area that serves your purpose- relax, unwind and replenish!

For me, my sanctuary is two-fold. When the grind of the day or weeks gets to me, I choose one of two options: Nature/Outside or my created space in my bedroom. My favorite place is the photo above, it is a beautiful lake close where I can spend hours just being by the water or sitting looking at the water, reflecting, breathing or mediating. This lake is close but not always convenient so then I walk around my area. There is a trail that winds for 3.5 miles that I walk.There are benches around the trail, so I sit and look at the mountains. I breath, reflect and in the process I get exercise, which always helps to refresh and replenish!  Nature is a place for healing, for reminding us of the bigger picture! Water and water flow is important to me as I am a Cancer and I thrive on the sound of water either flowing from a fountain or lapping on the shore!

Sometimes nature is not an option so I then retreat to my space in my bedroom. I have a small corner of my room with a chair, a table that has candles that I light and books that are inspirational. There is a pillow and a warm blanket. Photos of my family and my beloved companion, Mitch, he's a 13year old Pappillon joins me..... 
 Mitch is lays next to me! He considers this his special space as well. This is where I meditate, breath in new air/energy and exhale all the stress and energy that no longer serves my purpose.
Reading and writing in my journal is also activities that I do in "my Sanctuary".
Mitch snoozes, but that is OK, this is his space and he feels very comfortable hanging out in this area.

Each of us deserves to have a "me" space that reflects what makes us most relaxed. Taking the time in our Sanctuary refreshes, revitalizes and nourishes us as individuals. The Sanctuary enables us to gain new found energy and inspiration! The Sanctuary enables us to quiet our mind to perhaps hear the messages that our heart, soul or body are trying to get us to pay attention to.

Affirmation: " I am deserving of a special place and time for me, I am worthy and loved"