Winter is upon us. Though we’re actually gaining one more minute of daylight each day, my soul feels as if winter shall never end. This is the time of year when animals find a warm, cozy den to wait out the coldest months. Taking our cues from nature, my family nested our sun room into a hibernation den. This room is a place to keep the world at bay. A soft place to land in a cold, hard world. We moved our comfiest couch in there, the perfect fit for three people and a purring cat. We stacked the ottoman with mala beads and some inspiring books, laid our snuggliest blankets over the couch back within easy reach. Three bulletin boards on the wall create an ever-changing family vision board. They showcase pictures of our favorite moments, as well as quotes and images cut from magazines that inspire us and can be rearranged at anytime. The room is warmed by the sun when it comes out and our love when it isn’t. We’ve taken to starting and ending each day here, with warm coffee each morning and a glass of wine or hot tea before bed. Our voices are quieter in here, maintaining the sacred oasis of calm. We talk about the day ahead or recap the day just past. We look out the window at the trees, watch the deer on the hill or the hawks soar across the sky. We unplug and reset.
Everyone needs a place that feels like a womb, a safe, sacred place to simply be. A place where they can fall apart and then put themselves back together. If you don’t currently have a place like this in your home, consider rearranging your home until spring. Choose a location that is quiet for the largest part of the day. Add a comfy couch or chairs and a snugly blanket. The light should be soft and the colors tranquil. Add a candle, some potted plants, or magazines and books that can be read over days or weeks. Keep the space basic and tidy; clutter and dirt make it hard to completely relax. Be more concerned with how the space feels than in how it looks.
The most important rule of your sacred space is to make it a device-free zone. The information, sights, and sounds of social media are overly stimulating. This is a place to lounge, read, and dream. A place to check in, not check out. Commit to creating a space that honors your need for natural hibernation this winter.