Altars are essential to many faiths and traditions. They are places of worship, usually adorned with objects of great significance: sacred symbols, pictures, statues, things from nature, candles, prayer cards, and other heartfelt treasures. Altars are a sacred expression, bringing sweet consciousness to the many matters of the heart.
If you were to walk through my home and gardens you would see many places that stand out from the rest. It could be a special picture, group of rocks, or a fairy garden. These are the altars of my life. I use altars as a way to send prayers to those I love, and to give space to difficult situations that won’t let me go. I take the events of my life and offer them a chance to be heard and seen through a physical offering, my altars. I also love making altars of gratitude for significant shifts that happen in my life. It’s all about noticing and celebrating the moments in life; otherwise, they dash away far too quickly.
It’s natural for many of us to create altars without realizing it. We add an image to the workspace or an object on top of the dresser that has special meaning for us. I think it’s important to create altars purposefully in every location you spend a lot of time. They don’t have to be grand or particularly noticeable. Even if it is just a photo in the corner of your bulletin board, or a pendant dangling from your rear view mirror, adding sacred treasures to your everyday life reminds you of the bigger purposes of life, the soulful purposes.