1 of the 5 cardinal rules: creating sacred space

written by Sherry Burton Ways, Principal Designer, Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC

Recently I was assisting one of my best repeat clients redecorate her home.  We had worked together several years ago where as I had given her a comprehensive color scheme based on the principles of color therapy.  The results were outstanding.  After several years, the colors I had chosen for her home still held up and were just as vibrant and powerful as when I had specified them.  She called me over to ask for my assistance with redecorating several rooms of her home.  I was so excited to see her again and had thought of her often over the last three years since I last worked with her.

As we toured her home and discussed the project, we came upon a spare room that she used as her meditation space.   She stated almost without thought that we could simply move it out and use the space as her home office.  Upon hearing this I almost screeched!  I told her flatly that a sacred space in the home is one of the 5 Cardinal rules of Feng Shui and that we should keep the space as a meditation space.  She then looked astonished and asked what we could do to make the space more functional for her.

First, I explained the concept of meditation and how it is important to the mind, body and soul.  Relaxation should not only apply to the body, for it is our mind which finds little relaxation from the pressures of our daily lives.  Whether you have a particular spiritual belief or not, it has been proven that we can all benefit from spending ten minutes a day in contemplation.

A meditation space needs to be a quiet and tranquil part of the home.  If you do not have a room which you could convert to a relaxation area, your bedroom probably has the right mood for meditation. A garden and nature has very healing and relaxing vibrations, so in warm weather, a veranda, balcony or terrace is an ideal place to practice meditation.

Make sure you have adequate seating for meditation purposes only such as circular floor cushions or stools dedicated to the practice in your space.

The room should be airy and light even if it is small because although your eyes are closed when you pray or meditate you still need to draw in prana (life-force energy) from the air.  Dark colors are conducive to meditation as they have been known to influence your unconscious mind.

If you need some meditative colors to bring in for inspiration, use a purple or lavender lampshade, window blind or violet colored light bulb.  Aroma can also help raise your consciousness, thus aiding meditation.  Use of oils such as lavender (my favorite), frankincense, myrrh, or sandalwood haven been proven to be powerful enhancers to the meditation experience.

The best shape of rooms to meditate are those which are octagonal, hexagonal or circular.  Unless you are doing structural alterations in your home, it is difficult to create these shaped room, so you could consider introducing these shapes into the meditation room through objects, artwork and furniture.

Certain shapes will also aid to the peace and harmony in the room and your ability to connect to spiritual forces.  A round bay window or dormer which has a view of a garden or nature will support a peaceful meditation room.  If the room is on the top floor of your home, you can create an atrium or install a skylight or small glass dome.  This will bring in light and allow you to view the sky during the day and the stars at night.

In any case, we plan to create a meditation space personal to my client using various shapes, furniture and accessory selections.  I am pleased that she will keep that important sacred space in her home.

Sherry Burton Ways is the Principal Designer of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC.  She is also author of the newly published book “Feel Good Spaces:  Interior Decorating for the Body, Mind and Spirit.”  For more information about her go to http://www.kreativeways.com