Read along to learn how I created this and the symbolism of the elements I chose.
A few months ago, I shared my tips on creating a sacred space in our homes. My sacred space was created for meditation. I can meditate anywhere, but prefer to have a distinct space for this practice.
I chose my bedroom because it’s the one room set away from all the noise and technology of my home. Plus, my bedroom is my haven for relaxation and renewal. I created my space in a corner of the room, just underneath these shelves.
Instead of just hanging up another shelf to use as a surface for my practice, I determined it would be more helpful if my space was portable, since I sometimes meditate outside my bedroom. Thus, I used this side table I recently crafted from planters, rope, and a plate.
I also sewed an envelope pillow cover for this floor pillow. I can easily meditate without a pillow, but it makes it sooo much nicer. And making your sacred space comfy is quite important.
The pillow isn’t a true Zabuton, but serves its purpose. I sewed it from a knit blanket that just didn’t work out for my bed. I’d bought it for the summer months, but the blanket didn’t provide enough warmth for me. I held on to the blanket, knowing I could repurpose it someday.
I love that it’s 100% cotton and matches the throw I sewed from it for my initial bedroom makeover. I added tiny pom-pom fringe inside the seams to give the pillow some contrast.
For my meditation practice, I included a soy candle (recently made with my mummy) and a potted plant, because nature is one of my favorite ways to feel present. These items are very symbolic for a meditation practice, as plants represent rebirth and candles represent spiritual illumination. I also framed a mantra for my sacred space: “be present.”
Being present is an easy concept, but not always easy to practice. I thought this framed mantra would serve as a great reminder/motivator. The frame is a cheapie, something I picked up a while back. I wrote out the words on textured scrapbook paper with a fabric marker, to give the appearance of a brush.
While the shelf vignette on the wall is not part of my meditation or practice, it was decorated to blend with my sacred space.
The bowls are still used for jewelry, but their minimalistic nature coordinate with the Zen nature of my bedroom.
I have a love for birds and picked up a wood-carved bird on a thrift store trip months ago. The Buddha tealight holder is not part of my meditation practice, but flows with the room’s decor. I also added another candle for more ambiance.
The artwork above the shelves I created with paintable wallpaper and by gluing yarn around the canvas. The cut-out is of a lotus, which is a highly symbolic image as it represents enlightenment and growth.
Keeping true to my roots, my sacred space is likely to change in the future. I’ve considered creating a larger space to accommodate some yoga, but for now, this cozy little niche is quite perfect… in the present moment. 🙂