I would like to share with you a guest post from Bob Holmes. Bob writes as The Contemplative Monk, you might be familiar with his Facebook page by the same name. He also writes on his blog, contemplativemonk.com.
In this post Bob talks about sacred spaces and how we can make something holy out of what is secular.
I hope you enjoy it!
Creating Your Sacred Place
The beginning of any flourishing, sustainable, and overflowing spiritual life is having a devotional time and place. We create a sacred place where we can come to rest and worship.Create your own sacred space where you can soak in the Presence of God and be restored in your morning devotions.In the process, you will begin to expand and notice that every space becomes sacred. You are bringing heaven on earth.You are creating a place that grounds you, a place that grounds you in eternity and in God.
Tending The Threshold
In beginning a Daily Devotion habit, you are setting aside a place for the sole purpose of prayer and meditation. It can appear counter-intuitive, but it’s the cornerstone of any good spiritual practice.Have fun with it. Get stoked. Make it a project of joy.You are creating a place of rest, not labor. You want to make a place that draws you in, not a place to work.You are Creating a Sanctuary, a holy place, a sacred space.You are establishing a place of refuge in the world, a place where your mind and heart can shift gears when you sit down.
Make a journal of your journey
So as you create your sanctuary, gather simple thins that inspire you to engage…maybe a cross, a candle, or a Bible.But be sure to have some way to write down what God says to you, so you can remember later when things aren’t flowing, to inspire, comfort and encourage you.
Keep It Fun
You don’t want to create a place of duty, that burdens you down.You are creating a place of light and life that lifts your spirit.So take your time.
I’m a guy, so mine is more like a monastic cell next to a window that catches the early morning light.On a side note: It should be noted that your goal on difficult mornings can be just to sit down. No daily prayer offices, no Scripture readings, maybe one simple word, Jesus.You are creating a connection point, a place of communion and worship.The thing is, don’t expect great things from yourself. Expect God to show up.Start Small: Everything begins with small beginnings. Baby steps.
Keep It Simple
Practices grow, and build and morph, and change. It’s a lot like tilling the earth for a garden. You are tending the threshold.So keep refining and abandon what doesn’t work for you. It’s OK. It’s progress, not perfection after all. Leave the perfection up to God.As a wrap-up, here’s something to chew on. Spirit in Hebrew, Greek, and many other languages is breath, wind, energy, and life. Spirit is the essence of who you really are, your being, your true self. Spiritual practice is practicing or engaging your spirit.If you’ve ever played a sport, it’s like this: You’re preparing the field for your spiritual practice, and preparation begins the night before. In fact, the Biblical day begins at sunset with rest.So getting a good night’s rest is vital. That’s why you should put your devices in another room. Spirit is an energy thing. Cultivate your energy. In spiritual practice, you are cultivating your energy, not your time.Tony Schwartz in The Power of Full Engagement says it this way. “The secret to better work is: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not.,” This might not sound spiritual, but it really is.Like me, you might be a night person, but we are all beginners every single morning. We begin again, and connect and set ourselves up for God
Let us sweep the threshold.
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