I remember the first time I saw a home altar at a friend’s house; a moving tribute to Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, with flowers, an image and candles near. I felt an instant connection, and that first exposure to a home altar has led to a life of more reverence and devotion than I’d ever imagined.
Altars are places of connection, serving as points of prayerful attention in my home. I have altars on my bookshelves, in my office space, my kitchen, my yoga and meditation corner, even my bathtub. With this short post, a few suggestions for how to create your own altar spaces around your home and practice spaces.
Create your own altar spaces with one or a few of these items:
Words of Wisdom: Mantras, quotes, passages that hold meaning for you.
Family (or Soul Family) Photos: Connecting with ancestors via images of your family, present and passed, keeps them close and reminds you of the light they’ve brought to your world.
Deities: Whether statues (murtis) or images, if you’re inspired to keep aspirational deities close, they too can serve as reminders to stay consistent with your practices.