Encouraging Military Spouses to Breathe on Their Paths to Success
As a goal-oriented podcast Wendy and Krista are always encouraging military spouses to take steps toward success. In this episode they remind military spouses that they are on a unique journey, and it’s okay to push pause, look around, and embrace the scenic route, rather than the quickest, route. In this show they share five suggestions for how embracing your own sacred space can ultimately make you happier and therefore more successful.
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Here are 5 Ways to Create Sacred Spaces to Attract Success
by Krista Wells
- Design Sacred Spaces
Great environments energize us in different ways. Maybe you are a military spouse who works from home and your intuition leads you to transform your workday into a spa-like experience with incense, a fountain, and classical music playing. The redesign I did of my own office is another example: I wanted my office in town to feel like a bed and breakfast, so I lined the walls with books and I displayed different flavored teas for my clients to choose from. Most importantly, the office space feels like an extension of who I am.
Think about the spaces that speak to you. For example, I love New York City, especially the smell of coffee and the feeling of excitement in the air. So, sometimes, when I want to tap into this vibe, I do my work from a local Connecticut coffee shop that has the same sort of energy. I encourage you to begin designing or seeking out sacred spaces that best support your newest endeavors.
- Seize Sacred Moments
It’s great to be excited about accomplishing our goals, but we also need to learn how to enjoy the process along the way and embrace our larger life’s work. One great way to ensure that we don’t get depressed over the past or feel anxious about the future is to stay active and embrace the present.
I love the feeling we get when we catch ourselves totally “in the moment.” For me, this happens when I become completely engaged in watching one of my son’s baseball games or listening to the National Anthem. Start noticing when you lose track of time and completely embrace the present moment. Imagine living like that more often. As you begin paying attention to when you are in flow, it will become easier and easier to wrap that feeling up and bring it along with you on your journey toward success. This feeling will reassure you that, when you experience joyful surroundings, you can hang on to them to accompany you on your journey.
- Embrace Sacred Symbols
Think about the places you go that bring you to a higher level of awareness and imagine taking that feeling with you even when you are no longer in that physical place. Many of us relax when we walk on the beach but we aren’t sure how to take that feeling home with us. I find that having symbols in our homes can help us remember such sacred moments. The more we recognize the places where we feel at one with ourselves, the easier it is to surround ourselves with visual reminders. These sacred symbols are important, but they will be different for everyone.
What symbols, meaningful artwork, favorite seashells, or family heirlooms can you look at daily to remind you of your dreams? What items, such as a glass water bottle and gym bag or an attaché with a leather journal and your favorite pen, can trigger a reminder to take time for yourself? Sacred spaces are not just around us but within us and they are therefore accessible regardless of the particular settings we have designed or sought out.
- Use Sacred Space For Reflection
Creating space between you and whatever problem or challenge you may be facing allows time for meditative reflection. When we are stressed out, our rational selves shut down, but sacred spaces help cultivate our intuitive problem solving abilities. This space can be filled with meditation or prayer, reading, or writing. Reading opens your mind to different perspectives, and writing in a journal often triggers your subconscious to begin coming up with a solution.
Sometimes, inviting coaches and counselors into this sacred place can help you discover a new direction or assist you in pushing past that proverbial knowing/doing gap. Sacred spaces can remind your intuition to follow a hunch, motivate you to take a leap forward, or just deepen your sense of self and reassure you that you are headed in the right direction.
- Faithfully Embrace Your Sacred Space
Faith involves believing in the unseen; this includes having faith in your health, faith in your work, and faith in your relationships. Carving out a sacred space for faith can be paramount to your overall success and life satisfaction. Consider what environment best supports your time with God. For some people, it’s a religious building, for others, it’s nature, or even a journal by their bedside. Think about times when your intuition was clear and you felt most connected and supported; seek such times and environments to allow your mind to ponder what you really want. Listen for clues, follow your intuition, and recognize the small wins that will inevitably continue to strengthen your faith.
As your faith increases, you will get clearer ideas about what you want to do next and be able to trust that life is unfolding gracefully before your eyes. The more you pay attention to these blessings, the more effortlessly you will believe that there is more good to come, which is a sacred, optimistic process embraced by mature individuals.
Let us know how sacred spaces support you in your military spouse journey towards success. We always love hearing from you!
Remain Open to the Possibilities of Sacred Time and Space
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