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Do You Have An Alter
purple fairy
slpmary wrote in no_dieting
I am a new poster as it took me awhile to figure it out:) I know this is not about dieting but it is about healthy living. I feel if I can get my mind right, I will do the things that I know are good for me. If this is inappropriate for this site, I apologize in advance, just let me know.

One of the things on my New Year to do list is to "be still" I mean meditate, contemplate, regenerate, well..... you get the idea, I've run out of clever enerate words to describe my aim:) One way is to meditate. I have a couple of CD's that guide my through some imagery, it works if I do it! Oh well, I am very fond of alters and I think they are very common in women's lives. Look around your house. You are sure to find an alter. We set them up with care and often we don't even know it. This is just my dresser. but still I see spiritual significance in it. The cups we used at our wedding toast. They are handmade from hammered metal. They join at the hands and then form a heart when together. I love them so much. My mirror hangers were so old, they broke when we moved. I haven't been able to find them to rehang the mirror but I placed this flower pic up in it's place. Roses and hydrangeas are my favorite flowers. I am setting aside a place in my home for spiritual renewal. I want to make an ever changing alter that reflects important issues or joys, conflicts or resolutions that are current in my life. I want to plan in my day a time to go there alone to reflect on my inner being. I will light a candle, close my eyes and watch my thoughts float by. It is one of the ways I wish to improve my health.

I would love to know what you do for "spiritual renewal". Do you have an alter? Do you have a special place you go to be alone? I picture mine warm, with a round pillow to sit on. An alter to place symbols upon. A music source too.

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I don't have an alter, but a good friend of mine does. What she did for hers was ask her closest friends to give her something of theirs for it. She's constantly adding to it with things that are meaningful or inspiring.

I like your toasting glasses! (I'm getting married in under 200 days! eep!)

Since the header on the comm's journal says this is about healthy thinking, not just dieting, I'll let this slide. In the future, though, this would be best kept in a personal journal.

*takes off mod hat*

That said, I do have an altar, being that I'm Christopagan. I've got religious symbols on it like my rosary from Medjugorje, my icon of St. Therese of Liseux and my god and goddess candles. Then I've got my candles representing the four elements, a handmade bowl, my gold willow tree, a jade star pendant and my Tarot cards on it. I have two cloths covering it: black velvet and my family heirloom Irish linen.

I don't know what your particular religious leanings are, but if you're not opposed to it, I can recommend some good Pagan books that talk about setting up an altar and some good Buddhist and Christian books about meditation. :)

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