When you create an altar in your home you make a statement that you are open to miracles. Also, you send a message to the Universe that you are not only committing to a relationship with the Divine, but to a deeply respectful relationship between you and yourself.
The soul craves connection.
I have been busier than usual lately and haven’t been getting as many walks in as I would like. This is not good for me! Walks are my time to flush my system with endorphin, get some quiet time for myself, and keep myself healthy.
Walks are good for the heart, soul, and mind. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for some peace and well-being in their lives. Especially through the winter, when our spirit longs to be outside, and our body wants to refuse.
But there is sometimes we cannot get outside for this reflective, rejuvenating, and prayerful time. You also need a place inside to connect, pray, and expand.
An altar is a place to reflect
When you create an altar, you give yourself a place to be quiet, reflect, plan, pray, remember, find courage, listen, gather strength, make a commitment, and let go. An altar is invaluable in keeping the mind, and the nervous system, in check.
I have a table in my bedroom that serves as my altar to the Divine where I start my day with daily meditation. I have several “smaller” altars around the house, each one for a specific intention or project. On those altars, I place candles, statues that might remind me of my mission, or that hold a special memory, represent Spirit, beauty and nature. On one altar, I have a globe to remind me to care for the earth and pray for peace, heart shaped rocks to remind me to love first, a statue of a mother and child, small paper with inspirational quotes.
In my living room, I also have a family altar where I have pictures of special ancestors and my kids. On my desk, I have a winking owl and a rock that reminds me to focus on what I am here for.
I use them as touchstones. When I walk around my house being me, I see them and say connected. I interact with them. Either breathing in front of one for a moment, blowing a kiss as I walk by, and smile at the jolt of positive energy when I glance over to it.
How to create an altar
Altars are easy to make, all you need is a shelf, dresser or small table. Even a corner of one will do. You don’t even have to go buy anything! Fortunately, everything you need is right around your house, even gathering somethings from outside like sticks, pinecones, stones or acorns.
Things to have on your altar:
1. Representation of Spirit, God, your higher self, Light and/or Unconditional Love.
2. Representation of your mission, purpose and commitments to help remind you of them.
3. Something to symbolize of people in your life who lift you up, help you see your goodness and potential, and love you sometimes even more than you do yourself.
4. Representations of appreciation, like thank you cards or small thank you gifts you’ve received, to remind you to be grateful even in the darkest times.
5. Reminders of your special gifts and talents that you’ll be using to carry our your mission, purpose, and commitments.
6. Items from nature.
7. Something you find incredibly beautiful to remind you of grace.
8. Anything that means something to you.
9. A candle.
You can create an altar anywhere, even if you are out of town you can have a temporary one with a couple of meaningful tokens. My altars give me a daily attitude check. I ask the questions, how am I doing? Am I showing up the way I want to be? What else can I do?
They remind me of what is important, what I love, and who I want to be. Additionally, they, help me let go of negative thoughts and gather determination to continue my journey. Connecting each day rights my mind from negative to positive, and infuses me with robustness. And, they help me remember to breathe.
Altars are so easy to create, yet so powerful.