What is an Altar?
A meditation altar is a sacred space for meditation. It can be as simple as a table upon which rests all of the items you use while meditating. A meditation altar should be placed in an area of the house that is usually quiet and peaceful, even when you are not meditating, such as a bedroom or other room used for tranquil activities. However it can also be placed in a quiet area of your living room, if you feel it would entice you to meditate more often.
The History of Altars
For thousands of years people have been making altars where they live, turning their domestic place into a sacred space.
The ancient altar was the focal point of all Spiritual devotion and aspiration.
3 Simple Steps
- Choose the Space.
- Select a quiet space in your home, one that you will see regularly, to remind you to take time to meditate.
- Clear the area with incense or a sage stick.
- Make choosing and cleansing the physical and energetic area a ceremony – this will add to the sacred feel of your space.
- Choose a small table. If you do not have a table a cardboard box with fabric over will do just fine until you have a table.
- Choose your Sacred Items
- Select items you feel connected to to place on your altar.
- My meditation altar contains a tea-lite candle holder, a statue of Buddha which I made in ceramics class 25 years ago, a photograph of Masao Usui, the Reiki four principles, and a selection of my favourite crystals, including clear quartz, Selenite, Calcite, Rose Quartz and Amethyst, my ceremonial rattle, a feather, smudge stick in a small pottery dish half filled with sand, along with my distant healing book.
- Your altar should feel as if its full of things you are connected with, items which are sacred to you.
- Decorate Your Altar
- Place your items on your Altar and arrange them so that you feel the connection to them.
- You may also wish to change items or add new items to your Altar from time to time
- You can change the arrangement of your Altar as often as you feel it’s needed.