“Sister, can you give me shelter from the storm?”
– Bob Dylan
Creating sanctuary is more important than ever.
Modern day lament: A friend recently said to me, “THEY won’t let me turn my phone off. It rings at 10:00 at night!”
In the ever-faster electronic world we live in, where response time is measured in nano seconds, creating psychic and physical sanctuary that supports the refreshment of spirit is a necessary component of health. Hair-trigger readiness to quickly respond to incoming messaging is a MICRO stress condition with MACRO health implications.
NEWS BLAST: Like the sci-fi TV show, “The Outer Limits,”
We control the horizontal and vertical of our electronic tethers.
All devices have on and off switches. So the obvious answer to my friend’s statement is to turn it off at a reasonable hour. It is not good to put your smart phone charger next to the bed if you want a peaceful nights sleep or just a quiet mid-afternoon nap. Learning to create sanctuary is both a physical and emotional/mental state. Learning to control the “when” of availability is key to the process.
I design and build bedroom suites to create spaces of peace and tranquility for sleep, lovemaking, and physical nourishment.
The bedroom as sanctuary, should consist of soft colors and textures. The artwork should suggest contemplative visions. The view out of the windows should be of trees, sky, water. It is not the place for a treadmill or exercise bike. A yoga mat or plush carpet for stretching is appropriate – but not a wide screen TV blasting CNN Newscasts.
Sanctuary is created by intention and action.
Families often have “quiet time” before bedtime. Close your eyes and imagine the soft sounds of a loved one soaking in a calm, candle lit bath. Where better to read a bedtime story such as Good Night Moon than safely ensconced under the covers of Mommy and Daddy’s bed? This sort of “time out” works for nearly everyone and sets a grounded opportunity for sanctuary in everyday life.
What is sacred in our lives can carry a broad definition. Building a shrine to a beloved icon or guru or loved one is another way of holding a spiritual pathway open. As we pass it each day we are reminded to apply our purpose and practice in every moment, not just during exceptional times. I have a picture of my parents, Barbara and Lenny, in their prime that reminds me daily of the precious gift of life they gave me through their union.
Sacred space amplifies and focuses mindfulness in architecture. Create your own sacred environment to empower your passage through life.