Your Place — Create a Personal Sanctuary of Peace and Power

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Your place in your circle of calm…

Your place in this world is, truly, something that you have the power to create for yourself in each and every moment.

Is that something that you are consciously aware of?

Or does it sometimes feel like you don’t really have a place of your own? Maybe you’ve tried to carve out some space, only to feel like it constantly gets impinged upon by the needs and demands of others.

Well, making time to imagine and create your place can be one of the best investments you make in yourself and your well-being.  Think of your place as a personal sanctuary where you regroup and re-energize. It’s truly a gift to create this space in your day. It’s not an indulgence. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time.

But, bottom line, it’s a responsibility in just the same way that taking care of your health is.

Your Place = Your Circle of Calm

It’s no secret that at this busy time of year, competing demands can strain relations, compound confusions and oversights, and often end up leaving everyone on edge. That’s why it’s enormously helpful to choose to step away from the daily drama long enough to collect your thoughts and restore your peace of mind.

Recently I wrote about creating a circle of calm for yourself. I described how creating and maintaining this space helps you stay grounded and self-aware. So, here are a few tips to help you make this part of your daily routine:

  • First, imagine what your place looks and feels like. Tune into the swirl of colors, sounds and fragrances that you find most restorative. Start collecting very specific images. Glancing through a gorgeous calendar or travel magazine might freshen your imagination. Consider keeping a file of these pictures within easy reach.
  • Practice evoking your place with as much rich detail as possible. Start by setting boundaries as needed, in order to remain undisturbed. Then, set the stage. If soothing music or a recorded visualization helps you travel within, keep it on hand. Perhaps your touchstone will be as simple as a poem, or a photo. Then, breathe deeply and let yourself stretch. Open your hands and let the cares of the day float away for right now. You can attend to them later.
  • Travel this inner path as frequently as possible. This takes discipline, and the practice gives you enormous power. To start, set aside at least ten minutes daily. Find a location where you’ll be undisturbed. See if you can visit your circle of calm in the same place and at the same time each day. This helps you establish an internal rhythm that your body rises to meet.

Find your place anytime…

As you create well-worn paths to this sanctuary of yours, you’ll find that you’ll be able to can recreate it on the spot, anywhere and anytime.

When you nourish yourself with your intuition, your priorities emerge, like islands rising from the sea. You naturally begin to align your time choices with your deepest values. So, what may have started out as a coping method for the end-of-the-year frazzles actually evolves into a year-round exercise in mindfulness. You develop your inner wisdom and power, and come to discover and celebrate your potential.

What will be your first step to finding your place, not just during the holidays but throughout your year?

Here’s some more help…

Are you ready to empower yourself?

Use this powerful Checklist with 15 simple steps to set and maintain strong, clear internal boundaries.

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