Do you tend to think of self-care as regular doctor visits and taking a break from the busyness of life to participate in fun, distracting activities? Often the Lutheran tradition of the West tends to relegate our spiritual care mostly to a communal worship discipline, such as attending Sunday services and engaging in Bible study. These are absolutely essential, but they are not all-encompassing.
The Christ-life within us seeks a fuller expression into all areas of our lives. It is important to have a special place set aside where you can practice and strengthen your relationship with God. If you decide to create a sacred space, consider these suggestions as you get started:
- Choose a space that meets the need. What is your desire for this space? Select your space with intention and prayerful consideration.
- Clear it out. Take away everything—even the curtains! Then prepare the space by cleaning it.
- Consider performing a ritual that will help dedicate the space to your purpose.
This was adapted from Sacred Spaces, a free downloadable resource from Women of the ELCA.