Rekindle harmony in your life by tending to your connection to the Sacred. The process can be surprisingly joyful—here are four ways to get you on the path.
As we approach the cooler, darker days, we experience an opening, a longing, for deeper meaning. Especially as we approach the busy and hectic pace of the holidays and the stresses that can sometimes (OK, pretty much always) be associated with them, having some handy, simple but profound tips for connecting with the Sacred can be the exact medicine we seek—the medicine that helps us feel a sense of joy, balance, and optimism regardless of who we get stuck seated next to at this year’s holiday get together.
First things first…what is the Sacred?
The Sacred is my go-to term for referring to divinity that is inclusive, allowing each of us to define the term for ourselves in a way that aligns with who we are and the relationship we have to a higher power. In short, it’s the name I work with when referring to the energy of creation—that which is bigger than I. Some call this energy Source, God, Goddess, Creation. I simply call it the Sacred, but feel free to call and define this as you wish. These tips are applicable regardless of how you define spirituality and will assist you in finding that essential quality of connection and mutuality with the Sacred.
Now let’s talk a bit about what causes disconnection from the Sacred:
The Sacred is always there, always available to us—it’s merely a matter of cultivating and nurturing a connection that feels resonant. For many of us, however, we struggle to maintain this in the business of day to day modern life. We become disconnected when we are hyper-focused on the material world. I’m not just talking about what we buy—though that, too, is a large part of it—I am also talking about being hyper-focused on the mundane, material world. This is the place where we are more concerned with how we look, our bodies, with our homes, our cars, our bills, our jobs, our possessions.
This is the place where we are more focused on the constructs we can see and with which we interact on a near day-to-day basis.
When we are more focused on the physical, material world, we experience a disconnection from the Sacred. We struggle to connect to the Sacred’s guidance and generally feel a sense of void.
OK, great! So how do we re-establish connection to the Sacred?
I’m so glad you asked!
Here are my three essential tips for connecting with the Sacred:
Carving out Space
The first step toward re-establishing connection to the Sacred is to create the space. Like any spiritual practice, whether it’s going to Church, doing a ritual, or creating some other sacred space, connecting with the Sacred requires that we make it a priority and ensure the space is there for us to tend to this priority.
The good news is that connection to the Sacred doesn’t require oodles of time that many of us do not have—it’s something that can just as easily be done in 10 minutes as it can an hour. It’s simply a matter of creating the space.
Meditation is another strong means of connecting to the Sacred. When we find a place of stillness, we give ourselves the space to drop any emotional, mental, physical and energetic baggage we’ve been carrying around. When we drop away all of this internal and external noise, we are better able to connect with and hear the guidance of the Sacred.
Now for those of you rolling your eyes, thinking to yourself that you cannot meditate, let’s put that to bed right here! You absolutely can meditate. Meditation can be sitting in the bathtub and closing your eyes for a few minutes. It can be sitting down and paying attention to your breath. And it can take you five minutes or 50—it depends entirely on what you feel comfortable with. There is no fancy clothing, tools, or mantras needed (unless you want those things, then by all means add them). Meditation is simply slowing down, hitting pause, and listening.
Being of Service
There is sometimes no better way to connect with the essence of the Sacred than through acts of service for others.
What does an act of service look like? It resembles being totally present and a good listener to your friends, family, or whomever you happen to be interacting with in any given moment. It can be showing up for someone in a time of need. You can volunteer within your community or donate to your favorite cause.
The very essence of the Sacred is to help those who need it most, so acts of service bring us into a place of mutuality with the Sacred in a very tangible way. Plus, if you are utterly convinced that meditation isn’t your thing, this gives you a real and profound way of connecting with the Sacred all the same!
Nurturing the Self
I am a firm believer that the divine is us and we are the divine. This means when we care for ourselves—nurturing our body, mind, and spirit—we are also connecting with the Sacred in one of the most direct ways available to us.
Self-care is not selfish, in fact, it is a sacred act that helps us show up with greater presence in everything else we do. The question is: what feels nurturing to you? A blood-pumping work out, perhaps? A hot bath with some essential oils? A delicious, healthy meal that you made yourself? Maybe it looks a little like ensuring that each day you have time to devote to yourself—doing something you want to do, not just what you need to do. When you honor the divinity within, you honor the greater sense of collective divinity that exists all around us.