I feel very vulnerable sharing this with you…

This is my sacred space in my home.  It is 1 corner of 1 room that is entirely mine.

Coming to this space feels like coming home to myself.

It’s where my head meets my heart through the good, the bad and the ugly.

This is where I spend the first hour (s) of each day in silence without interruption.

My family knows, and are respectful of my space because I ask for it.  Something like…

“ Don’t interrupt me unless somebody’s bleeding or something is on fire”.

You get the idea…

So what’s the big deal about what happens in this space?

First of all there’s no time like the early hours of the morning.  It always feels like magic…

  • The quiet
  • The softness of the morning light
  • The sound of the birds waking up
  • The coolness of the morning air
  • The optimism of a new day
  • Another opportunity to make a difference, to get it right

When I was a restless teenager? I had a place like this in my room.

I had a rocking chair situated with its back to the door, my stereo, headphones and record collection.

I always kept a journal and many times I would just write song lyrics.  I guess it was hard for me to find my own words at the time.

Back then it was where I could go to escape, now it’s where I go to connect.

I always start by sitting with my coffee and my journal.  Some mornings the words flow and others, I find myself doing a lot of daydreaming between scribbles on the paper.

There are no rules.  It’s my time.

My journaling mostly consists of gratitude for what is and what will be.

…“ Thank you for this day. This breath,sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, clear thought, this strong, lean body and the discipline I have to care for it.”…

and on I go until I’m done.  I end with: 

“ Thank you for the experience of my being, which is fearful of no challenge, has respect for all people and feels beneath no one.”

this is my intention as I begin my day. Then I set my timer for 30 minutes. Close my eyes, soften my physical senses and focus on my breath. (I use the timer on the app: Insight Timer, it’s free)

I typically will pull a card from my oracle deck and get on with my day.

The benefits are beyond measure.

  • Improved Focus
  • Clarity of purpose
  • Increase patience, tolerance and humility
  • Heart health
  • Perspective
  • Compassion

For me, not beginning my day this way is like stepping onto a busy street without first looking both ways.

Sometimes I come back to my space in the afternoon for some reading or nighttime journaling.

Do you have a special spot and/or a mindfulness practice?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!