Daily Spiritual Practice
your own Sacred Space
In this frantic world of schedules, pressures and
responsibilities, few people find peace or tranquility. We have
learned to chase after this and chase after that, yet without
peace and tranquility, we really have nothing. For many people,
tranquility seem elusive, or perhaps are simply ignored, yet
without them, our lives continually feel incomplete and lacking
One of the most reliable paths leading to peace and
tranquility is the quiet enjoyment of daily spiritual practices. Even
half an hour each day of sincere spiritual practice can produce
tremendous changes in a person's life.
In speaking of the need for one's own special sacred place,
the great American mystic Joseph Campbell said that it is
absolutely necessary to have a place set aside specifically for
spiritual practices and inner awakening:
This is an absolute necessity for
anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a
day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that
morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don’t know
what you owe to anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to
This is a place where you can
simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you
might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you
may find that nothing is happening there. But if you have a
sacred place, and use it, and take advantage of it, something
will happen. ...
Most of our action is economically or socially determined and
does not come out of our life... the claims of the environment
upon you are so great, that you hardly know where the hell you
are! What is it you intended? You're always doing things that
are required of you; this minute, that minute, another minute!
Where is your "bliss station"?” Try to find it! Put on the music
that you really love... or the book you want to read. Get it
done! And have a place in which to do it! There you'll get the
"thou" feeling of life. ...
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a track that has
been there all the while, waiting for you. And the life that you
ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see
that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your
bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss
and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know
they were going to be.
The Power of Myth; Sacrifice and Bliss, Joseph Campbell
Eventually, every place and every situation will be sacred
ground, but in the beginning it may be very helpful to create a
special sacred space, even just a small space such as a
meditation cushion, or a prayer rug, where the one and only
activity is your own spiritual practice.
highly recommended by many spiritual teachers, and the end
product of all the different forms of meditation is liberation
from our excessive preoccupation with the noisy chatter
regarding "I", "me" and "mine", leaving us free to more clearly
understand who and what we really are.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a
way of entering into the quiet that's already there - buried
under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every
There are many forms of spiritual practice, such as prayer,
chanting, meditation and contemplation, yet there is only one
goal, and that is freedom; freedom to follow the still small
voice within, freedom to follow the greatest yearnings of the
heart, freedom to discover bliss beyond description.
In the beginning you should not even think about meditation.
Just try to set aside a certain time of day when you will try to
be calm and quiet, and feel that these five minutes belong to
your inner being and to nobody else. Regularity is of paramount
importance. What you need is regular practice at a regular time.
Every day there is only one thing to learn: how to be honestly
So, if you'd like to find a better way of life, a life full
of love, harmony and beauty, a life full of bliss, then it's
absolutely necessary to take time each and every day to visit
your own "bliss station", a place where all that matters is
learning to become aware of who you are and what you are
becoming, a place where love, harmony and beauty are able to
bloom and flower in complete safety and tranquility.