Sacred Space

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”  -  Joseph Campbell

Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 31, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”

Do you ever stop and consider what is sacred about you? Try it sometime; I believe you will find it challenging. Most people do not view themselves as sacred. What does it mean to call myself sacred? What is sacred? I do not profess to know what is sacred for and about you, but I can share with you what I have come to know about what is sacred about me; EVERYTHING.

As a Rabbi in Recovery, I define sacred as being so personal and intimate that what is sacred derives from my soul. There is nothing in my life that is not sacred. Where I sleep is sacred; this is not just a bed in a room, but rather this is where I am going to lay down and rest to restore my energy, vitality and faith. This is my place to feel safe, at ease and in harmony with me. Consequently, I am responsible for creating a space that reflects my most intimate and personal view of myself.

My body is sacred and how I feed it nutritionally, spiritually and physically reflects how I truly feel about it. When I abuse and ignore what my body truly needs to thrive and be at its best, I am treating it in a non sacred manner. That is usually a good indication that I am not in touch with my sacred soul and spirit and am feeling restless and disconnected from myself.

Every person I meet or speak with is a sacred event; every conversation is a sacred exchange of meaning and purpose; every breath I inhale and exhale is filled with sacred air and my list goes on.

My sacred space is a place where I can go when life is overwhelming me with “stuff” and I just need to take a break. I have created a “space” inside me that when I go there, I find peace, calm and serenity. This is my sacred space that totally transcends my physical world and takes me on a magic carpet ride to serenity and calm. I can go there over and over and find me every time I allow myself to know that I need to visit.

My prayer for you today is that you find the sacred within you and create your world of sacred life.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

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