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#391721 - 12/16/09 10:29 PM Do you have a sacred spot in your home?
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Do you have an altar, a shrine or sacred corner of your home, inside or outside, that is meaningful to you?

What do you keep there? do you ever use this spot to help lower your stress? Does it work for you?
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#391728 - 12/16/09 11:43 PM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: jilly]
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I have a sacred spot in my mind. I can go there when ever I need to. It is not a physical place, as much as a mental place. Sometimes when I can't find the mental place, I go for a car ride, that helps me find my mental place. So I guess my car.

I have acutally had people close to me that know me say they saw me leave to where ever it is I go. I can give every appearance of still being in attendance but just check out. I do this when a situation gets to the point that I need to be somewhere else and can't turn and leave. It comes from having a temper so bad that I had to figure out ways to deal with it. Jilly, are you American Indian or Mexican? I appalogize if I am way off the mark.


Edited by BLR (12/16/09 11:47 PM)
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#391732 - 12/17/09 12:29 AM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: BLR]
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I am a mutt, the Italian is the easiest to see. smile There is also Irish, Russian and Hungarian.

I like the idea of a sacred spot in your mind and i know what you mean when people say they can see you 'check out.' I used this trick when i was at the dentist having my wisdom teeth recently pulled. I 'checked out' and went to one of my favorite trails in the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately i seem to have scared my nurse, as she got weirded out, shook me, and asked if i was okay.

I said, "i'm fine; I'm hiking in the Grand Canyon."

Has she not seen that before? I am sure people do this kind of thing all the time to go away from physical pain.

Do you know how people know? How does your face change? Do you get pale, or do your features go slack...or something else? I'd like to know what the nurse thought she saw when she was unnerved by me.

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#391734 - 12/17/09 12:51 AM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: jilly]
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I have never see anyone else do it, so I don't know.
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#391749 - 12/17/09 04:28 PM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: BLR]
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I've seen this happen to people. I think it's in the eyes. Like, they just glaze over and don't look at anything specifically. To me, eyes are everything about a person, you can tell so much when you look at them.

I don't have a shrine or anything, but I have the shower. (Not the most eco friendly place, but hey, it works lol) For me, it's like as it cleans my body, it cleans my mind and calms me down.

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#391760 - 12/17/09 08:18 PM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: Gustafson]
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oh yeah, me to on the shower, especially when I need a good cry.
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#391770 - 12/18/09 12:56 AM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: BLR]
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I agree about the shower - awesome place for a cry or to make a sacred safe spot. Bathrooms are my favorite rooms.

BLR, I also get that safe, cozy feeling from my car also. It's like my own private universe. smile

My sacred spot is a small altar i threw together next to my yoga mat. I have a small stone Buddha head, incense, a copper incense box that I received from my husband on our first date, a sort of blue crinkly crystal ball, my bible in a handmade box from my MIL, a brass incense holder from India, The Tao of Wisdom, and some smooth worry stones. I also have a special medallion Lisa made for me to bring me serenity.

I might add a few other things to this area as I get my storage in CA emptied.

When I do my five minute meditation I choose one item to sit in front of me for a focal point.
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#392613 - 01/01/10 03:45 AM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: jilly]
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I agree the shower is a great place to let yourself feel emotions and be "safe".

My bedroom is kept very dark because I'm often sleeping during the day (I do a lot of work at night). So it's very cozy with the shades all pulled, thick blankets, my journal on the headboard with my multiple pens, and so on. It's very peaceful in there, like heading into my cave. So I like that. I try to meditate for a while before I fall asleep.

I keep wanting to set up a yoga / quiet area in James' room now that he's doing his college stuff at his Dad's. I will try to find the time to do that in the next month.
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#392770 - 01/03/10 12:09 AM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: Lisa Shea]
jilly Offline
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That sounds like a cozy bedroom, Lisa! We don't have an actual bed - we are sleeping on an old eggcrate the floor - so all my bedside things are just sitting on the floor beside my side of the 'bed.' It's okay for now. smile





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#394064 - 01/25/10 08:04 AM Re: Do you have a sacred spot in your home? [Re: jilly]
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I like that idea very much, that is very Japanese, to have a low-to-the-floor bed smile Now you just need a way to roll / fold it up to put it away during the day!
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