Creating A Memory Space
I have always been sentimental since childhood and have kept various memory boxes throughout the years. Twenty one years ago I attended my first workshop and was introduced the concept of creating a mindful or intentional “Memory Space”. That weekend gave me clarity about why I felt the deep desire to keep certain items around me and why I derived such comfort and pleasure from them.
As you can imagine I have had many over the years and they tend to change or rotate at various times. I know most of us are extremely busy, life today moves at a much faster clip and we don’t always take the time to mindfully create a space that is just for “Us”. I’m sure some of you might even say to yourself, who has the time or space.
From personal experience, I can share that it is so worth the time and it can take as little as 10 minutes or it can be an ongoing process that evolves as you do.
The most important part of creating your space in my opinion is making it an intentional activity and not seeing it as another “thing” you have to do.
There is no wrong way to create your Memory Space as it is a very personal practice and will be different for everyone. During this time in my life I have several all representing different aspects of what is important to me and what I want to create intentions for. By no means am I saying you need to have several, however I really believe having a space dedicated to what brings your heart joy will add richness to your days. Examples…one for memories concerning your children or one for memories concerning family or people close to your heart.
Based on your preference, these can be created in a ‘public’ place in your home or office where it is seen by all or it can be completely personal and tucked away in a place for your eyes only.
You may want to create this as your sanctuary, a place to pray, set an intention, meditate, or simply gaze at the objects that bring you joy.
Someone once told me that ”a memory space is a place of non-ordinary reality held within ordinary reality.’
Now don’t get overwhelmed in thinking it needs to be in the perfect place or a certain size. It can be large or as small as your night stand, it could even be located inside a cabinet or a closet.
For those who have one or may know a little about them, as your might be aware, there are many types and ways of doing this. I suggest that those interested in learning more to do research. There is a plethora of information out there.
My intention is, for those of you new to this concept; to make it as simple and enjoyable as possible. It is something I love and really wanted to share as my first blog.
So let’s begin!
- Find a space in your home that feels most comfortable and that you will want to spend time at or at least, that you will be able to see every day.
- Be in a peaceful mindset as you de-clutter, clean and prepare the surface.
- Find a cloth, scarf, or any type of covering that feels special or is symbolic to you.
- Set your intention and or purpose for the space – some examples could be that you want to honor loved ones who have passed on, recall moments of joy that you have had or simply just have a space to put your favorite things. It can also be a combination of any and all of the above.
- Give thanks and gratitude as you place each object in the space.
Some suggestions for object you might want to consider;
- A candle
- Stones or shells that hold special memories.
- Personal items that have meaning to you.
- Crystals – always a favorite
- Artwork, either your own or loved ones, favorite postcards or anything visual that inspires you.
- Photographs of family, friends, beloved ones, places you either been or want to travel too.
- Statues and or talismans any symbol that represents peace and tranquility.
- Flowers, plants or any living thing like a fish. A fish is a symbol of prosperity.
- Any special texts, words of wisdom or your favorite book.
Always remember that this is YOUR Space, trust that your intuition will guide you to create exactly what is needed in this moment. When you spend time or gaze upon your Memory Space, honor who you are and how far you have come.
Wishing you all that your heart desires!
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