|Posted on June 15, 2019 at 3:55 PM|
Life is stressful. Even our prayer life can be taken over by thoughts and feelings related to life events and difficult situations. Sometimes, you recognize you haven't been praying, but instead have been worried and anxious. Rather than finding refreshment in God's presence; you have been distraced. The following activity is to guilde you in creating a sacred safe space. Your sacred space is designed to promote healing by creating an atmosphere that is calming, quiet and comfortable..
The idea of a sacred safe space is to create a place, either in your mind or in an acutal place where you can go to be alone with God. In your sacred safe space you will practice breathing during your time of prayerful reflection. The sacred safe space will evolve over time to be more personal for you. It does not need to take up much space. It is an opportunity for you to align your thoughts and feelings and to encounter God's peace.
Some people listen to calming music, while others prefer the quiet. This place is uniquely yours. Design it to meet your needs. You may consider having your Bible, along with a pen and journal handy to write down your reflections during this time.
The following questions can help you as you design your sacred safe space:
Where in your mind would you go to create a safe and sacred place? A mountain path? A meadow? Perhaps it is a favorite chair in your home.
Describe what you would see there? What color would be the most soothing? And why?
What objects would you keep in this space?
What aroma would be pleasing?
What sounds would you hear that would be comforting?
Who, if anyone, would you be comfortable inviting into this sacred safe space? Who would you trust to see this sacred place?
What else would make this space sacred?
What healing words or verses can you bring to your sacred space?
Now that you have a safe space created in reality or in your imagination, let's get started. Pick a time each day and set an alarm on your phone to spend alone with God. Let's set you up for success! Set a time for a 5 minutes, 3x's this week and then each week increase the time until you get to your desired time.
1. Close your eyes and get comfortable. Begin this prayer experience by doing some deep breathing. Breathe in deeply, breathe out slowly and completely.
2. As you breathe, if your mind wanders, acknowledge it, and bring your attention back to your breathe and to God's Word.
3. Listen to where God is leading you. This is a time for gentle calmness, a time of meeting with your Creator. Don't force the conversation. Sit in quietness and listen.
4. Tell God anything that is in your heart that you wish to express to him as you are spending this time with Him. Pause and listen for His response.
5. Breathe in deeply...hold it...breathe out slowly and completely...breathe in deepy...hold it...breathe out slowly and completely..
6. At the end of your time, do not rush to open your eyes. Allow your body to tell you when you are ready.
7. When the reflection time is over, take some time to write your experience, feelings and reactions in a journal.
Why breathing? An awareness of our breathing is an reminder of God's special work in breathing life into each of us. It is an awareness of the precious nature of the gift of life given to us by our Creator. Each breath is a reminder of our dependency on God. Sit in silience for a moment and as you breathe in and out , gently reflect on the the awareness that your body is fearfully and wonderfully made. Be aware of the breath of life that God has given you as your breathe out. Practicing our breathing is a conscious choice you can make to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Consider praying these verses as you breathe:
"Let everythig that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6
"Then, the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature." Genesis 1:27
"This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!" Ezekiel 37:5
by Joy Sumrall, MA, LPC-S