As The Wheel Turns: Embracing the Sacred

It takes one moment
just one moment
to completely dissolve.

In that one moment
we are nothing and everything
we are connected to it all.

In just one moment
we become the void
and remember our true nature.

~ Wide Open Heart {A Poem Fragment} by Jenn Grosso

Those moments, where we are quiet and still within, opens us up to experience the sacred. This can be during more obvious situations such as rituals, meditation, yoga or prayer. Or while listening to music that moves us, while creating art, walking in nature or as we sit consciously sipping our tea.

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However, the beautiful thing about this is that we can experience the sacred within our everyday and during our most mundane tasks. We can enjoy this connection while we cook a meal, while washing the dishes, while we’re at work or at home taking care of the household. With a simple conscious breath we can bring awareness to the task at hand and know within ourselves that everything is sacred, everything is connected. We are all made from the same stuff as the stars up in the sky. When I pause to contemplate this, I can’t help but feel amazed and in intimate contact with the sacred all around me.

As the Wheel Turns and we continue our journey into this New Year, How can we bring more sacred moments into our lives? Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Tea Ceremonies: This doesn’t need to be complicated at all; my version of a tea ceremony is very simple. It consists of making my tea slowly and with awareness, sitting to drink my cup, consciously enjoying every sip. I’ll usually pair this with some journal writing and my gratitude practice; this time to sit and be still is a powerful opportunity to connect within.

Little Altars Everywhere: I adore little trinkets and have many little collections of objects around my home. These little altars everywhere remind me to stop, take a breath and tune into myself, to slow down and notice the little things around me. Setting up these little altars is such a great meditation in itself, and can consist of anything that speaks to your heart. It may include a statue of a cherished deity, some herbs in a bowl as an offering, crystals and stones, candles, flowers, totems and anything of special significance to you. If you dig this idea and want some inspiration, I have a Flickr set of my little altars everywhere as well as a Pinterest board of inspiring altars I’ve found on the web.

I also love carrying around with me some of my special trinkets and call these my little altars to go. In a tin or in a pouch, these little altars everywhere remind me that the sacred is everywhere, and in every moment. Throughout history, objects have had sacred significance for us, although in the end these are just things, they can represent so much more and are a visual way to connect to the sacred.

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Meditation:
Meditation is an important part of my every day, to have that quiet and still time where I can surrender, let go of the daily stresses and let myself dissolve. I know some are intimidated by meditation, however there are so many different ways to “meditate” and there is really no wrong way. You don’t have to be able to sit for hours to be able to meditate. Even 5-10 minutes on a regular basis can be a very transformative practice. Some of my favorite methods for meditation are: Reciting a Mantra (Japa Yoga), this is basically the repetition of sacred words. There are many mantras out there specific to different spiritual modalities, but you can definitely make up your own as well. A mantra that I have often enjoyed is “So Ham” which means “I Am That”. Another method is to utilize a Mudra (hand position) as a point of focus, or putting on an audio guided meditation. If you search under meditation on the internet, you’ll find a wealth of information and methods. And remember, your meditation practice is your own, feel free to adjust it to resonate with you.

Gratitude: Having a gratitude practice is another profound way of connecting within ourselves and to the sacred. There’s the saying that goes “Gratitude makes what we have enough.” and it’s so very true. Not every day is awesome, but if I stop and think about all the things and people in my life that I’m grateful for, then my bad days don’t seem so bad. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but cultivating through practice this attitude of gratitude creates a big shift in perspective and sets us up to be more thankful and to be conscious of the abundance that we have already. This practice can be written in your journal, or it can be done in your mind and simply thinking about who and what you are grateful for. And better yet, you can enjoy this practice with a hot cup of tea.

I hope that one or more of these practices have resonated with you. When we invite the sacred into our daily lives, we can’t help but come from a much more heart centered way of living.

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“May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
~ John O’Donohue

Also posted on Be You Media Group.

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