Do you have a private spot for your favourite things? Is there a space that you can take a moment to time-out, or maybe a place to sit and remember the important people in your life?
A personal space, an altar, a sacred space, a shrine- all are names for a special spot in your life where you can gather a few things you love. Crystals, photos, shells, flowers and candles are all found there.
It is not necessarily a religious space, as the word altar or sacred infers. Of course many do use the site to pray and some spaces are there to remember people, a shrine. Many are places to mediate... take a moment to breathe.
Many spaces, though, are to gather those little items precious to you, a shell you found on a holiday, a little flower from the garden, a wooden box from a friend.... things that make your heart sing.
Others use a spot in their garden to sit, light a candle and relax.
Others collect the four elements, fire, air, water and earth on their altar. There is much history and meanings to these elements. One example of these elements gathered by a friend on their altar:
A candle represents fire, a small bowl of water (with a floating flower), a crystal for the earth. Her breathing is the air.
Candles are one of the most popular parts to any space. Lighting a candle when you visit your special space is a wonderful ritual. Light a beeswax candle and the warm light shines on your collection. The honey aroma relaxes the mind, the natural ionization of the room clears the air.
Which candles do people use? If you would like to burn your candle for many hours and like large candles our "Spirit of Byron" candles are the perfect pillar candle.
If you would just like candle light for a short time we recommend our Happy Lights, a beautiful compact candle in a glass holder. These are happy to be burnt off and on for small amounts of time.
Candles sticks are also popular. Perfect to burn for 5 minutes if needed.
If you don't have a special space, maybe 2017 is the time to create one. A little more time-out in this busy world just may help.Do you have a special space? Why do you enjoy your sacred area? We would love to hear from you.