My goal is to inspire and to provide you with what you will need both inwardly and outwardly to turn your house (apartment, condo or loft) into a home of Sacred Space. You will be challenged to use your senses differently and stretch your own ability to “listen” to what they have to tell you. Each article balances the need for awakening both your own inner connection with the divine and your sacred imagination.
The importance of journaling.
You cannot really create the sacred space you need and deserve if you are not paying attention to the shifting circumstances, moods and inspirations of your life. This is why journaling is so important. It not only helps you take note of what you are learning; it also helps you envision a home that truly responds to your deepest inner needs. It is a key component in creating your own sacred space.
Journaling is the art of telling your own story. Its root word jour is French for day. So it’s a reflection of your day, rather than a story of your life. It’s about what you are doing and noticing from day to day—what impressions stick with you. People write journals for many different reasons: to track the ups and downs of new motherhood, to capture the essence of a vacation, to record the impressions of a historical event over time, even to keep track of memorable dreams.
Journaling doesn’t require that you be a good writer. (And no one else ever needs to read your journal; it’s for your eyes only.) It just requires a little willing discipline—but it’s work that pays off. As you write down your responses to the exercises and suggestions, you’ll discover things you didn’t know about yourself. These jewels will help you not only understand the way you see the space you live in but will also help you build—step by step and piece by piece—your own sacred space.
Remember, as you journal be honest with your inner self, because that honesty will help you locate your deepest wisdom.
End each entry in your journal with gratitude for what your experiences were on that particular day. Good or bad. Our souls grow from those experiences and so does the sacred environment we are creating.
Writing by hand with paper and pen creates a unique alchemy with your intuitive side, nicely bringing both parts of your brain to bear, but you can also use your computer or Ipad (or similar device). The important thing is to devote regular time to your journaling. If you can journal for an hour, great. If fifteen minutes is all you can handle, fine. What counts most is doing it regularly. You pick the schedule, then stick to it.
Beginning a journaling practice
Remember: any way you want to journal is fine. Pick the one that works for you. Use pen or pencil. Add markers or colored pencils. Add drawings, clip art, even small elements from nature to give your journal dimension and grounding. Journaling is a personal experience, so get creative and enjoy it.
- Spend time each day writing and releasing, even if it is only a few lines. Soon you will be pleasantly surprised at what is beginning to take shape.
- Document your dreams; they are messages of guidance from above.
- After a few weeks, go back and revisit what you have written. What patterns do you see? Do you write more or less depending upon your mood? Have you noticed any topics that make you feel anxious?
- As you begin to journal, be sure you provide yourself with a comfortable space in your home, or find a quiet spot outside. Be on the lookout for good candidate places for yourself.
Journaling (and other questions and suggestions in articles to follow) will help you become candid with yourself and develop the kind of discipline and courage that you will need to not only turn your home into the most creative and invigorating version of yourself, but also provide you with wonder-filled inspiration for your future.