I have been busier than usual lately and haven’t been getting as many walks in as I would like. This is not good for me! Walks are my time to flush my system with endorphins, get some quiet time for myself, and keep myself healthy.
Walks are good for the heart, soul, and mind. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for some peace and wellbeing in their lives. Especially through the winter, when our spirit longs to be outside and our body wants to refuse.
But there is sometimes we cannot get outside for this reflective, rejuvenating, and prayerful time.
An alter is a place to reflect
A daily place to be quiet, reflect, plan, pray, remember, find courage, listen, gather strength, make a commitment, and let go is invaluable in keeping the attitude in check. For me, this place is in the woods.
But on days I cannot go on my walk, I turn to a special shelf in my house that I use as an altar. It is a place I put trinkets that might remind me of my mission, or that hold a special memory, represent Spirit, beauty and nature. On my altar, I have a globe to remind me to care for the earth and pray for peace, heart shaped rocks to remind me to love first, a statue of a mother and child, small paper with inspirational quotes, other rocks reminding me to focus and have strength, photographs and names of people I am praying for, and small gifts given to me over the years.
Having an altar at home and one at work, I use them as a touchstone, either to mindfully stand in front of, or to get a jolt of positive energy when I glance over to it.
How to create an altar
Altars are easy to make, all you need is a shelf, dresser or small table. Even a corner of one will do. You don’t even have to go buy anything! You can find everything you need right around your house, even gathering somethings from outside like sticks, pinecones, stones or acorns.
Things to have on your altar:
1. Representation of Spirit, God, your higher self, Light and/or Unconditional Love.
2. Representation of your mission, purpose and commitments to help remind you of them.
3. Representation of people in your life who lift you up, help you see your goodness and potential, and love you sometimes even more than you do yourself.
4. Representations of appreciation, like thank you cards or small thank you gifts you’ve received, to remind you to be grateful even in the darkest times.
5. Reminders of your special gifts and talents that you’ll be using to carry our your mission, purpose, and commitments.
6. Items from nature.
7. Something you find incredibly beautiful to remind you of grace.
8. Anything that means something to you.
9. A candle.
My altar is my attitude check. It reminds me of what is important, what I love and who I want to be. It helps me unstick from my complaints and whining and gather determination for my journey. It rights my mind from negative to positive, and infuses me with energy. It helps me remember to breathe.
Altars are so easy to create, yet so powerful.
Have an altar or making one after reading this? Tell me about it or email me your photos and I’ll include them in the post (jodiaman (at) yahoo.com).