Monday, December 1, 2008

A Place of Sanctuary ~ Creating Sacred Space

Good morning everyone. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Below is a piece I have permission to post.

I receive Gwen's Healing Garden newsletter,

and it is always full of good things to read.

There is a link to her website at the bottom of this piece.

Creating and enjoying sanctuaries

is good for our hearts and souls.



A Place of Sanctuary - Creating Sacred Space

By Gwen Nyhus Stewart

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes health as “the condition of perfect bodily, spiritual, and social well-being and not solely the absence of illness and injury. As described by the WHO, how many of us feel emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy on a daily basis? We work in structures called ‘sick-buildings;’ we go home to care for families so tired we are almost unable to function; and we increasingly lose our connection with any sense of our place in the universe. How do we reclaim our life and start to think that our life matters and that we are important in the overall scheme of things? One way of doing this is to create our own sanctuary/sacred space.

Creating our own sacred space restores our peace of mind and enables us to stand back from the turmoil in our lives in order to provide a place where we can reconnect with our sense of self and reclaim our power. Exploration of sanctuary is to create a link to the Divine as our soul asks us to love, accept, and provide hospitality to ourselves when we are spiritually hungry. Spirituality is more than a psychological and emotional need: it is an inherent biological need as our energy, our spirit, and our personal power is all one and the same force. We need daily sanctuary as our heart and soul depends on it. When we give ourselves the gift of sacred time in a special place, we are feeding our spirit. Theodore Roszak writes, “We can now recognise that the fate of the soul is the fate of the social order; that if the spirit within us withers, so too will all the world we build about us.

Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place Of Peace – Gardening For The Soil, Gardening For The Soul and booklets Non-toxic Alternatives For Everyday Cleaning And Gardening Chores and Easiest Herbs To Grow Indoors And Outdoors. She owns the website Gwen’s Healing Garden where you will find lots of free information about gardening for the soil and gardening for the soul. To find out more about the books and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit

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Sunday Girl said...

Hi there Flowerlady,
Please go to to claim the 3 blogging awards that I have awarded you.

FlowerLady said...

What a lovely way to start the day Sunday Girl. Thank you very much.


Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

That's how I see our gardens -- sanctuary for healing, peace of mind.

(back in the land of hi-speed networking)

FlowerLady said...
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FlowerLady said...

Cameron ~ That's how I see your gardens also.


FlowerLady said...

I ended up posting the same thing to Cameron twice, that's why one is deleted.