Keep Out: A Space to Call Your Own (and why you want one)

When September rolls around I always feel a surge of energy to get stuff done. Lazy summer days are gone, school is in session and the creative juices begin to amp up. With a more solid routine in check, there also seems to be more to do. Which can leave me stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. I find myself retreating into my home office AKA my own personal sanctuary at home, when I need to unwind or reconnect. It's the one place in our house where no one enters unless given permission. It's like there is an imaginary velvet rope at the entrance and sometimes a real Do Not Disturb sign on the door. It's my sacred space where I create, write, work, reflect, pray and meditate. I also make my way to my office when when I feel a spark of creativity or if I'm in a funk. My private getaway helps keep me grounded, focused and calm and not totally loose my shit when it seems to be hitting the fan. It may not seem like a big deal, but having our own space, no matter how small, allows a sort of refuge from the outside world, which we can all use at some time or another. This is one reason I love personal altars and am always recommending them to clients who feel as if they've lost touch with their inner voice. Altars have been around for thousands of years, typically in churches and other places of worship. In this case I'm referring to an altar at home which is a space that is all yours. It can be as small as a nightstand or in a corner where you place only things that uplift you. It's where you can go to recharge, reconnect, find peace, pray (if that's

your thing) or mediate. By intentionally setting up a space with just this purpose in mind, we set the intention to honor our spirit and place value on what's true for us. Next to my desk in my office I have a shelf designed with this in mind. There are candles there that I light, beads and stones I have collected on my travels, and even a peaceful looking buddha statue that brings me calm. Allocating space to connect and stay true to ourselves is such an uplifting practice. It's also really beneficial when times seem confusing. This isn't a religious practice, but more of a spiritual practice, making space to connect with your spirit and divine nature. A small act of self-care that can have a big impact on how you feel. There is no wrong or way to do this. For as many people there are in the world there are just as many ways to connect to our internal guidance systems. This is just one way that I use that you may find helpful. If this is new to you and you give it a try, I'd love to hear what you think! Until next time, lots of love, Danielle

Here's a pic of my personal altar in my office. My own private zen out place.