Very soon after I committed to a daily practice, I began to feel drawn to creating altars everywhere. I yearned for a place that held my energy, that would be a sanctuary and a connection to the inner and outer energy of my life. With every daily practice, my awareness opened more. My perspective was changing, and I longed for less clutter and more meaningful expressions of how I felt on the inside.
I started to relate to my physical environment differently. My meditation practice was helping me cleanse my inner sanctuary, and this energy wanted to be reflected outwardly. Without being fully aware of what I was doing, I was creating sacred space everywhere–in my kitchen and bathroom, on my deck, in my gardens, even in my car. It all happened organically, and adorning the many places in my life felt wonderful.
Outdoors, I created an area with a fountain, rocks, shells, and statues. Indoors, I arranged meaningful pictures, candles, and trinkets that prompted me to remember who I truly am. Sometimes it would be a special photo in the corner of my bulletin board or a spiritual pendant I’d hang from my rearview mirror.
Creating altars served as a reminder to me of the spiritual lifestyle I committed to. Each time I stopped and observed one of my altars, I was reminded of the intention I had when I created it. When I am busy, the energy of the space snaps me back to the present moment, allowing me the chance to let go of situations that are out of my control.
Altars are a way for me to bring physical meaning to my hopes, dreams, and fears. I can take the events of my life and give them a chance to be heard and seen through a material offering. When I know that someone is suffering, I find a place for their energy on my altar and envision them showered in golden light. Making altars is particularly potent when there has been a significant shift in our lives. Altars are a wonderful way to bring expression to the body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Altars allow yourself a chance to get to know yourself better, which means you get to make them look however you wish. There are no rules!
Let’s build an altar together.
- Tune in. Take a few deep breaths and notice areas in your home, office, garden, or car that call to you. Small tables and bookshelves for mini altars work well, as do windowsills with a lot of sunlight.
- Collect items that you treasure. Consider seashells, rocks, crystals, bark, feathers, dried herbs and flowers, and pictures from your childhood or the present that evoke happy feelings. Inspirational cards can set the tone for the day ahead. See what calls to you and make it your own. In my kitchen and meditation space, I always have a candle, smudge stick, and Palo Santo stick (holy wood) to cleanse and rejuvenate the area. I also keep daily quotes from Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini yoga.
- Create your altars. Set your altars up however they align with your inner wisdom. Have fun as you inspire creativity from within.
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We are in this life together, learning, growing, and healing. Awareness of this truth is the essence of humanity.
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