Sacred space, what does that mean to you? For many it may mean a spiritual place and to others just simply a quiet space that no one can find them or reach them. Today I feel we are all in search of that “sacred space”. I can remember being in the hospital with Michael and being inundated with doctors, nurses, social workers, residents, volunteers all great people and all just doing there job. Yet, some how I felt they were encroaching on my space. The door to Michael’s hospital room was like a revolving turn, with constant traffic in and out. To find time alone in the hospital was difficult. Yet one day I stopped and realized, that the walls that surround me do not stop me from walking out the front door. The massive brick building that stood strong and sturdy many stories high could not hold me in. Yes. I had to be there while Michael was receiving treatment but I was not held captive in that massive building. I was free, free to walk down the hall and look at the helicopter pad, free to take the elevator to the 1st floor and sit in the chapel, free to take the elevator to the healing garden and sit outside on the 8th floor of the Yawkey building overlooking the Charles river and the salt and pepper bridge, free to walk out the front door and run or walk over the bridge to the Charles river. Yes I could leave for 30 minutes or an hour and no one would miss me. Most of the time Michael would sleep through his treatments. So I would let his nurse know I was heading out to find my “sacred space” and the greatest thing is it was a different place every time!
So as you sit and wait on loved ones and have so many unanswered questions, take a walk and find your “sacred space”. Whatever it is I guarantee you will walk back through that hospital room a different person, nothing most likely will have changed, but you will be different. Nothing earth shattering just slightly different, easier, more confident, shoulders less tight, posture a bit at ease. Relaxed and able to breath a bit easier.
Start today and find your “sacred space” whether you are in a hospital, at the office, school or your home. Find your space defend it and guard it. Don’t let anyone steal it from you be vigilant! You will reap such great rewards and wonder how you did without it.