Spirituality~ Meditation ~ Reflection ~Inspiration

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Serenity

Being in the presence of nature can be one of the most spiritual and inspirational experiences you can have. Meditate and reflect on all that is good in your life, look around and see all the beauty that surrounds us. Take time to breathe and enjoy the stillness and the quiet.

If you don’t know how to meditate or need a little help I found a great site that can help you. Just try it! The short getaway is perfect for taking a quick couple of minutes away from everything to relax. You can even do it at the office if you have a computer. I hope you find this helpful.  Don’t forget the incense and the candles for a more pleasurable meditation.  ~ sweetcardomon

http://www.learningmeditation.com/getaway.htm

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  1. Home > Newsletter > Spiritual Sunday > Your Sacred Altar
    Your Sacred Altar
    Create an inspirational space
    by Jessalyn Marchal

    Fall, as a time for harvest and giving thanks for the many blessings and gifts in our lives, is the perfect time to spruce up (or build) an alter. What better way to focus your intentions on gratitude than to create a sacred space in your home? It will also help you attract even more abundance. Use it to reflect upon the blessings the year has brought so far, and to think (meditate or pray) about the clearest path to manifesting your dreams for rest of the year. Find out ways to make your altar a personal place to manifest your deepest desires. It can help you take a look at your past and see where you’d like to be in the future. Your altar can hold all the inspiration and tools that you need to visualize your way into the brightest future imaginable. Get directionWhether you’re living in a studio apartment or a mansion, your first consideration will be where to place your altar. It’s important to have a sacred space where you can appreciate the blessings you’ve been given as well as your goals and aspirations for the future. Try to find a place where you will be undisturbed for a few moments… even if that means setting up shop in your closet or outdoors. Take a moment and decide which direction you’d like to face – are you a big fan of meditation? Maybe facing east will put you in alignment with your inner guru. Or maybe you’re trying to draw more logic and order into your life. Then a sensible, true north-facing altar can be more effective. The most important consideration for placement is – do you feel comfortable there? Elements and traditions A basic way to start setting up your altar is to begin with the elements: earth, air, fire and water. If you have the space for a candle, stick of incense, a cup of water and salt or potted plant you’ve represented the 5 elements – the foundation upon which everything we are thankful for rests. If space is a concern, you can make symbols of the elements and place your remaining sacred objects around the altar as they speak to you. SymbolsYour spiritual background will help you decide which objects are most important for your altar. Each religion has icons and symbols to draw from so finding the signs and symbols that are meaningful will help you connect to your spiritual center. Sacred symbols can simply be anything that helps you identify with the Divine. Maybe there is a particular deity that speaks to you (like Tara or Genesh), or a special place where you’ve always felt a sense of connection. Display postcards, mini statues or even cut outs from a magazine to symbolize these things. Remember, everyone’s symbols will differ with background, taste and personal affinity. No rulesThere are no rules for what to include or omit from you altar – this is “you” space! Just keep things meaningful. You’re not organizing a mélange of chotchkes, you’re visualizing your future and giving thanks for the people, places and things that you value in life. Photographs of loved ones, objects that represent the kind of career you’re working towards or the kind of person you’re striving to become… pieces of your past, pieces of your future. Commonly found items like fresh flowers, a wish or prayer box, spiritual jewelry, crystals – just about anything that will move you closer to your center. Vision and personalization The next consideration is to decide what you are trying to accomplish. Are you looking for a place to say prayers, meditate or visualize? How you will use your altar will help you define the sacred objects that need to be there. If you’re planning to practice your Buddhist mantras you’ll need a mala. If you’re planning to use your altar for goal realization perhaps a dream board would work better for you. If your goal is to honor someone who has crossed over, perhaps a photograph will help you really keep them in mind. If you’re looking for a quiet place of rejuvenation predominately, you might find that the objects are not as important as finding a quiet location. White light and moreCandles can be a great way to add the sacred to your altar. Pick a color that resonates with you – blue is a peace-bringing color, green is perfect if you’re looking to draw more money or growth into your life, pink or red if you’re looking for love. You can add oils to your candles as well to create a more sensual ambiance for your altar and the entire room. You can add favorite photographs, fresh flowers, your favorite things… to personalize your alter so that it is a safe, familiar place that really resonates with you. Now, comes the best part – and sometimes the most challenging … finding time to use your altar! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life try to find a regular time to spend there praying, visualizing or just being still. Maybe even just set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. Keep that time for yourself, you really do need to recharge your batteries if you’re going to go out there and conquer the world.

    Fall, as a time for harvest and giving thanks for the many blessings and gifts in our lives, is the perfect time to spruce up (or build) an alter. What better way to focus your intentions on gratitude than to create a sacred space in your home? It will also help you attract even more abundance. Use it to reflect upon the blessings the year has brought so far, and to think (meditate or pray) about the clearest path to manifesting your dreams for rest of the year.

    Find out ways to make your altar a personal place to manifest your deepest desires. It can help you take a look at your past and see where you’d like to be in the future. Your altar can hold all the inspiration and tools that you need to visualize your way into the brightest future imaginable.

    Get direction
    Whether you’re living in a studio apartment or a mansion, your first consideration will be where to place your altar. It’s important to have a sacred space where you can appreciate the blessings you’ve been given as well as your goals and aspirations for the future. Try to find a place where you will be undisturbed for a few moments… even if that means setting up shop in your closet or outdoors. Take a moment and decide which direction you’d like to face – are you a big fan of meditation? Maybe facing east will put you in alignment with your inner guru. Or maybe you’re trying to draw more logic and order into your life. Then a sensible, true north-facing altar can be more effective. The most important consideration for placement is – do you feel comfortable there?

    Elements and traditions
    A basic way to start setting up your altar is to begin with the elements: earth, air, fire and water. If you have the space for a candle, stick of incense, a cup of water and salt or potted plant you’ve represented the 5 elements – the foundation upon which everything we are thankful for rests. If space is a concern, you can make symbols of the elements and place your remaining sacred objects around the altar as they speak to you.

    Symbols
    Your spiritual background will help you decide which objects are most important for your altar. Each religion has icons and symbols to draw from so finding the signs and symbols that are meaningful will help you connect to your spiritual center. Sacred symbols can simply be anything that helps you identify with the Divine. Maybe there is a particular deity that speaks to you (like Tara or Genesh), or a special place where you’ve always felt a sense of connection. Display postcards, mini statues or even cut outs from a magazine to symbolize these things. Remember, everyone’s symbols will differ with background, taste and personal affinity.

    No rules
    There are no rules for what to include or omit from you altar – this is “you” space! Just keep things meaningful. You’re not organizing a mélange of chotchkes, you’re visualizing your future and giving thanks for the people, places and things that you value in life. Photographs of loved ones, objects that represent the kind of career you’re working towards or the kind of person you’re striving to become… pieces of your past, pieces of your future. Commonly found items like fresh flowers, a wish or prayer box, spiritual jewelry, crystals – just about anything that will move you closer to your center.

    Vision and personalization
    The next consideration is to decide what you are trying to accomplish. Are you looking for a place to say prayers, meditate or visualize? How you will use your altar will help you define the sacred objects that need to be there. If you’re planning to practice your Buddhist mantras you’ll need a mala. If you’re planning to use your altar for goal realization perhaps a dream board would work better for you. If your goal is to honor someone who has crossed over, perhaps a photograph will help you really keep them in mind. If you’re looking for a quiet place of rejuvenation predominately, you might find that the objects are not as important as finding a quiet location.

    White light and more
    Candles can be a great way to add the sacred to your altar. Pick a color that resonates with you – blue is a peace-bringing color, green is perfect if you’re looking to draw more money or growth into your life, pink or red if you’re looking for love. You can add oils to your candles as well to create a more sensual ambiance for your altar and the entire room. You can add favorite photographs, fresh flowers, your favorite things… to personalize your alter so that it is a safe, familiar place that really resonates with you.

    Now, comes the best part – and sometimes the most challenging … finding time to use your altar! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life try to find a regular time to spend there praying, visualizing or just being still. Maybe even just set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. Keep that time for yourself, you really do need to recharge your batteries if you’re going to go out there and conquer the world.

    Source: California Psychics

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