Retreat = Sacred Space
You are giving yourself this gift of time very intentionally. Think about your retreat as “sacred space.” Sacred means to be set apart for special purpose. Do you know that when you take time for retreat you cannot help but encounter Spirit? In these moments of slowing down, in these moments of listening, you will easily and naturally hear that “still, small voice” inside of you.
Begin to intentionally create your own sacred space, both in your physical surroundings and also in your heart and mind.
How will you create your own Sacred Space?
Start by setting aside your retreat space as sacred time. Determine that you will guard the time as precious. Fully commit the time to retreat and resist the temptation to make other plans.
Sacred Space begins in the mind, heart and spirit. Even more than a physical place or external details; creating the internal space for retreat is essential. It can be a challenge to quiet your mind so that you are able to hear your heart and your spirit. Once you have set your intention, begin to build an awareness of what stirs you up and what brings you internal peace.
Would you like to plug-in to your heart and turn up the volume on your spirit? Will you begin by stepping away from all technology for these few hours? Turn on your answering machine and turn off your ringers. Step away from your computer and still your typing fingers.
During the first hour of retreat you will have the opportunity to create your own Sacred Space. Begin now to consider what you want. How will you create a restful place? Will you sit in a cozy chair or snuggle into your bed? What will you wear? Get out your favorite “comfort clothes” and fuzzy blanket.
Consider Your Senses
What do you want to see? Perhaps you’d like to gather a few special items around you; perhaps a photograph. Do you have a favorite prayer, poetry or meditation book? If you like, gather a just a few objects that are meaningful to you.
What don’t you want to see? Remove visual distraction and visual disturbances; even if it means throwing a sheet over them!!! Cover up that load of laundry that’s waiting to be folded; it will still be there when you complete your retreat. Turn your chair to the window or the corner; turn your lights down low. It’s okay to keep it easy and simple. Create your retreat space as you want it to be.
What do you want to hear? You may want some of your favorite soothing music on hand. You may want to use a meditation CD or plug in a fountain. What sounds will contribute to your retreat atmosphere? What sounds will detract from your retreat experience?
What would you like to smell? Light that scented candle you’ve been saving. Use aromatherapy or incense; choose scents that you love and that add to your sense of peace.
What would you like to taste? Maybe you’d like a juicy orange or a piece of really good, dark chocolate. Will you have a cup of tea or coffee? Oh, and remember to drink plenty of water.
What else do you want to have with you? You may want to have a journal or paper for writing; or maybe a sketch pad and pencils or crayons. Do you have a favorite scented bubble bath and lotion or facial supplies? You’ll want to have them on hand.
Be prepared ahead of time. The act of searching for something can disturb your sacred space; it can put you back in your head and distance you from your spirit.
What if you are interrupted or distracted? It is better to plan ahead for this contingency. When on a personal retreat or a virtual retreat it can be a challenge to stay in your sacred space. Usually it is not a matter of “if” but of “when” your attention will be tempted away from retreat. Set an intention to be aware of this if/when it happens. Make a plan now for how you will draw yourself back into your sacred space.
Sacred Space: Time Set Apart for Special Purpose
Creating sacred space starts with a desire for a deeper experience of life. Creating sacred space begins with awareness and intention. Sacred space provides a safe place for your spirit to ask deeper questions and the quietness to hear the answers. Sacred space gives your mind and body the opportunity for deep rest, healing and soothing comfort.
Will you give time to consider and create your own Sacred Space? You can make it whatever you want it to be. You are worth it.
Retreat Coach Kelly Morrison | Retreat Coaches Network