Childhood can be forever changed by sacred spaces that children call “secret hideaways”. Forts, treehouses, fields, rocks, closets, caves, gardens, tents, trees, forests, tipis, riversides, alleyways, under the bed, attics, stairwells, cardboard boxes, and blankets have all been reborn as secret spaces...as sacred places.... as hideaways.
Whether they exist for 5 minutes or 5 years, they become places where:
Regardless of your age, however, you still need this space. You still need a space where you can go--where the world disappears behind you and you can melt into the moment, whatever that moment needs to be.
Do you have such a space?
If not, there is no time like the present. And the best part of creating a space for yourself is that simpler is better. Of course, if you can afford to go “all out” then by all means, create the space of your dreams. But sacred space and secret hideaways can be created with any of the following:
Designate a small space in your home, such as a corner of a room or a closet-- decorate that space with items that inspire you or make you feel like a kid again. You can also decorate the space to remind you to do the things that make you feel more like “you”-- i.e. favorite books; a journal to write in; a candy jar; a meditation pillow and crystal; knitting supplies; things that make you laugh or smile; a collection of things that make you feel joyful; a stuffed animal; your guitar; a bottle of wine; a candle or lantern; etc.
Create a small space in your yard-- clear an area that is big enough for a picnic blanket or chair. You can plant flowers or herbs around the border; add potted plants; add a statue; add a small fairy garden or meditation garden; add a birdhouse or birdfeeder; add a mailbox (or other creative storage space where you can hide a book or journal supplies).
Of course, if you have no space at all, you can go for the portable and/or temporary space. For example, create a blanket fort ( I promise these are as fun for adults as they are for kids); use a tent in your room or in the yard; or if there is absolutely positively no space at all, then at least create a Pinterest board or vision board of what you want your space to look like when you do create it. You can also create "sacred space on the go" by packing up a suitcase or large picnic basket with your books, journals, portable arts and craft supplies, music, or whatever else you might want for some time alone. Designate a special spot to go visit when you need recess for your heart and soul. You might have a local trail or scenic spot nearby that you can go to.
Don’t be surprised if you create a sacred space and suddenly everyone in your home wants to use it also. Set boundaries with your space so that it remains sacred and yours. Encourage others in the family or house to create their own space.
Regardless of how you create space for yourself and your inner child, savor each and every moment you spend there.