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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Porter

Welcome to the Sacred Spaces Blog

As I am writing this, I am snuggled up in a fuzzy papasan chair, sipping chai, and enjoying the newly found coziness that comes with the lights of the Christmas tree, the smell of pine, and the subtle chill of early December.

Welcome here, my friends. Here, we are nearly two years into a pandemic that forced the whole world to a stop. For many of us, this time has brought to the surface any number of things, good and bad. Feelings and habits that hid safely under mountains of full planners, lessons, work functions, and just getting from one day to the next suddenly had the room to come out, showing themselves in the light of day for the first time (maybe ever!).

For some of us, these new discoveries about ourselves inspired us to dig deep and do self work. Some of us started going to therapy. Some started doing workouts at home. Some created sourdough starters from scratch (mine is named Vincent van Dough). We all had the chance to learn new things about ourselves, about our likes and dislikes, about our traumas and our capabilities. Many of us were working from home, which left little room for us to ignore those pesky projects that have been sitting on the living room floor since last year. Or was it 2018? No matter how you spin it, change has a way of opening our eyes to our inner selves and to our surroundings in a new way.

In this moment, as we are slowly returning to working in offices, returning to soccer games and coffee dates, I must encourage you to take some time for yourself. Now that things are “returning to normal,” it is vital that we create systems and habits that support the people we want to be, that we are already becoming in this new phase of our lives. Out with hustle culture, and in with boundaries and knowing our worth.

At this time, I invite you to close your eyes. Feel your body supporting you. Slow and deepen your breath. Find a moment of stillness.

Do you feel it?

Can you sense your inner knowing?

Listen carefully. Tune in to its pulse in your body. Let its hum increase from a dull thump to a louder drone.

Now ask it…..

How am I feeling? When was the last time I truly felt at peace?

This is a scary question. It may take a little time for you to hear the answer, and even more to accept it as your truth. Sit with this awareness, newly acknowledged.

Now open your eyes. Take in your surroundings. How do you feel in your home? Does it feel warm or cold? Calm or tense? Supportive or abrasive? When you enter your space, do you truly feel at home?

It is my firm belief that our homes should be one of our sanctuaries. For some of us, we feel the need to wear a “mask” outside of the home. A face that says “I’m happy, I’m doing well, I’ll get right on that project, you can count on me.” I may say, “Sure, I can handle organizing the bake sale, the car wash, the Christmas fundraiser.” We have obligations, go grocery shopping, run the errands, get the car fixed, take the kids to their doctor’s appointments and skiing lessons and birthday parties, all while trying to stay on top of caring for our own mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Life is filled with so much hustle and bustle. The last thing we need is to come home to a house full of clutter, reminding us of yet something else to put on our already overflowing plate.

Home should be a safe haven. A place where you can take off not just your shoes, but that mask you wear, a place where your worries are eased and you can find solace and comfort. I would even go so far as to say...sacred. Your home is meant to support you in every way it can, and it’s tough to feel calm when your space is not working for you.

So I am here to be your guide, a helping hand when you need it. We will talk about spiritual practices, health, joy, justice, and of course….organization.

Thank you for being here with me.

"The days are getting colder, Have a warm heart.

- Amanda

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