5 Ways to Create Sacred Writing Space

Setting Sacred Space
Setting Sacred Space

Setting Sacred Space

Although it’s not always easy to love revisions or edits, you can love your writing space. By creating a personal, inviting environment, you can happily belly-up to your desk each day. Here are 5 simple ways you can create your own sacred writing space.

1. Light a candle – choose an inspiring scent, design, colour or shape. Light it at the beginning of your session and blow it out afterwards to signify you are complete with the conclusion of that session -happy to leave it behind and continue your day -returning to your project at its designated time the following day.

2. Set the mood with music – choose tunes that are motivating, if that’s what you need, or relaxing to calm any anxiety. Ensure the music doesn’t interfere with the writing by being too loud or distracting. If you’d rather write to the sounds of nature, open a window to hear the birds and enjoy the breeze, or put on a recording of the ocean or a tropical jungle.

3. Create an altar – allow your creative juices to flow as you carve out a small space in honour of your writing, your project, and yourself for showing up to commit and complete the process. You can start with a corner of your desk, a place on the floor or window sill or a dedicated table. Choose a scarf or table cover that inspires you and then add items like rocks, plants, gems, your grandmother’s brooch or grandfather’s cufflinks, a book by your favourite author, perhaps a special pen or feathers. Personalize it, it can be as simple or ornate as you like. Choosing a beautiful small bowl or wooden box and simply writing the name of your project on paper and placing it inside, makes a powerful tribute to your commitment.

4. Scent the air – aromatherapy can help you relax if you are tense while writing or stimulate and invigorate you if motivation is what you desire. Choose essential oils of lavender or rose to relax, or mint or lemongrass to invigorate. Mist your space with a room spray, diffuse the oils into the air, or roll on aromatherapy on your wrists or neck for bursts of scent. If you become frustrated, your body temperature will rise and release more of the scent you need. If you want to tap into cosmic creativity, choose mugwort for mystic musings.

5. Put the kettle on-  to relax, try chamomile or tulsi tea. To invigorate enjoy mint or citrus teas. Choose your favourite, or try a glass of water with fresh lemon or flower essences. Keep the kettle in the kitchen as the walk to refill allows a pause in the writing, a movement break and a renewed burst of creative flow.

Create a space that inspires creativity, facilitates focus, encourages productivity and welcomes you every day.

 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind, and Spirit. Recap.

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If you missed the 12 days of detox and feel the need for post-holiday purification or simply wish to create a nourishing daily routine for the new year, here is a summary just for you. Start at 1 and add a step each day to gradually enjoy all 12 or choose several that appeal to you and build your own custom daily wellness ritual. Click on each day for the full detoxing details.

On the 1st day of detox, atONE gave to me…
 
It’s important to know where you are heading before you can get there. Meeting yourself face-to-face is an excellent and accessible method of detoxification. Find out how to begin the nourishing process of purification and discover the most vibrant you!
Every breath provides a channel for detoxification through the exhalation of waste and the inhalation of oxygen. Most of the day, however, our breath is shallow. As our shoulders slowly creep up to meet our ears throughout the stresses of our day, our breath also becomes more shallow and often quicker, limiting the supply of oxygen to our lungs and blood. Dedicating time each day to sit and breathe deeply or reminding yourself throughout your day to do so, infuses the body with fresh air and releases the stale air pooled deep in the lungs. Practice simple breathing techniques in 2 cleansing breaths.
Remove any mental ama with a daily mind detox. Committing to a daily morning practice sets the tone for your day, integrating dreamwork and clearing the mind for the day ahead. An evening practice surrenders thoughts, stress and worry of the day as you slip into deep relaxation before sleep. Learn a simple daily meditation practice in 3 meditations.
Food as medicine and medicine as food. That’s how ayurveda views eating. At least three times a day we have an opportunity to create vibrant health through our food choices. Foods that burn cleanly and completely, nourishing our bodies and assisting with the removal of ama, serve us well during detox. Simple whole food choices sustain us while cleaning out the pipes. Find out foods that support vibrant health and detox in 4 foods that heal.
5 Yoga Poses

Adding 30-60 minutes of yoga to your daily routine aids digestion, elimination and detoxification through postures, breath and sweat. Even 10 minutes of yoga every day allows you to feel the benefits of a regular practice. You may choose to seek out a convenient class near you, pick up a DVD to assist with a home practice, or simply enjoy a few poses each day. Committing to sun salutations every morning is a simple start. Practice before eating, particularly detoxing poses such as twists, forward bends and inversions, to aid in the process of cleansing. Discover daily detoxing poses in 5 yoga poses.
A little-known detox gem, Dr. F. Karach presented oil pulling in the early 90s. The practice dated back considerably further, however. In ayurveda it is called kavala graha, a medicine for the oral cavity, and has been used for centuries to detoxify the body and improve health. Learn a few ways to spice up your swishing in 6 spicy swishes.
Use self-massage in the morning before you shower to wake up the body and promote detoxification, or at night before bath to relieve stress and ama from your day, preparing you for a restful sleep. Discover ways to enjoy a daily massage in 7 layer massages.
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 essential minerals found in our bodies. It is praised for relieving a variety of conditions from acne to halitosis, eczema and psoriasis, and for drawing toxins from the body. The salts can be purchased in large crystals or more finely ground. Read the full post on 8 salt baths for natural additions to enhance your bath.
There are many herbal detox programs available. Purchasing a reputable herbal cleanse provides a prepared, easy to follow plan you can fit into your daily routine. If you choose to buy or follow an herbal program, do your research and make sure the product is top quality. Consult a herbalist or naturopath for professional recommendations. Read the full post of 9 cleansing herbs for some of the most popular herbal cleansing choices.
“Sweat and laugh every day,” said Yogi Bhajan, and turning up the music to groove and move with yourself, your kids, family, friends or a community is an invigorating and uplifting way to detox body, mind and spirit. A daily ritual of dance, whether 10 minutes in your living room or a 1 hour class at a local gym or dance studio, lubricates the joints, sheds excess baggage from the body and the mind, and lightens the spirit.
Empty that melon and make room for new thoughts while taking inventory of all the old ones running through your mind and all the old story running through your life. Your experiences to date, your ideas and stories laid out on a page, whether in prose, webs, design or image, allow you to review where you’ve been, gain new insight and acceptance, and even spark new inspiration.
You don’t need to be a yogi to use mantra and affirmation. Employ this powerful ancient tool to assist you in success with your commitments and all you wish to be and create in the new year. Choose or create your own affirmation.
 
Here’s to a clear, calm, simple and nourishing new year, naturally!
 
 
The information presented is intended to inform, not diagnose or treat health conditions.