Alters of Healing and Awareness

An altar is a space you create that allows you to connect with your higher self and the divine. In religious ceremony it invites a sacred ritual to connect with the divine. Even the practice of setting the dinner table at home and saying a prayer before your meal is a ritual for the gratitude for the nourishment for your body. Taking the time to light a candle or offer a flower on the table also sets the intention of celebration with family and friends. You can also create an altar in your yoga or meditation space. This practice of creating the altar is a ritual of awareness as you place meaningful objects on your altar. They can represent healing for yourself or someone else. A friend asked me a while ago if I used the practice of alters and in that moment the first thing I thought of was the alter I create in my yoga space. But then I realized that I unconsciously had created many little altars throughout my home. I have four in my bedroom, which doesn’t surprise me as my bedroom is one of my most sacred spaces in my home. On top of my tall dresser I have baby pictures of my three daughters and three little sea shells that I collected at the beach with them when they were little. I have a quartz crystal rose, candle holder and cherub that were gifts from them over the years. I often will spend a moment looking at their little faces and sending them some loving energy, especially when they are not home with me, which seems more and more now as they are all teenagers. I also have my Christian altar with a picture of Jesus (sitting in the lotus pose meditating in nature) and statue of Mary. This allows me to honour my roots and family tradition that was shared with me. At the foot of my bed I have created a meditation alter with a statue of Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and Lakshmi, the goddess of beauty and abundance. There is also two lotus candle holders, one with a rose quartz in it that symbolizes healing of the heart. The other has a beeswax candle that I light for my meditation practice. I also have a little altar in my kitchen on the window sill as I seem to spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink. So this allows me to slow down and be present in the moment. I have a little statue of the goddess Lakshmi and some gemstones and Himalayan salt, along with a ‘yogi-tea’ bag tab that I kept from years ago that says “what you are doing is the most beautiful thing”. This reminds me as I wash the ‘billionth’ dish that day to be mindful and in the moment as I feel the water run through my hands and be present in that moment. It seems that when we spend time to decorate and adorn our homes with the expression of who we are, then we naturally create alters all around us. My alters remind me to slow down and create mindful moments with good intentions.

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