The Importance of Sacred Containers

The Importance of Sacred Containers

Sacred is not safe. Sacred invites wholeness, compassion, and curiosity but it does not protect you from feeling uncomfortable or even frightened.

Too often folks are promised they are in a safe environment which is often interpreted as you will be kept comfortable. Usually, in these circumstances, the people holding the container have an expectation, and in some cases, an unspoken mandate that those who participate will share vulnerably and honestly. When this expectation is not grounded in sacredness, the potential for harm increases.

Sharing vulnerably and honestly, for most people, does not feel safe. It feels scary, and in some instances, can cause a long-lasting, negative impact on the person who speaks their truth.

The opposite of productive is not lazy. The opposite of productive is rest.

The opposite of productive is not lazy. The opposite of productive is rest.

The opposite of productive is not lazy. The opposite of productive is rest.

When assembly lines or plants are shut down so routine maintenance can be performed, the process is not described as “lazy.” Rather there is an understanding that the regular work routine needs to stop and machines need to rest and be repaired if the system is to function smoothly.

These rest periods are essential for sustainability. Resting allows the organism or the system, not only to recuperate, but also to regroup. To observe patterns, to notice assumptions, and to sit with the questions like…

Becoming your own authority.

Becoming your own authority.

This May marks the 10-year anniversary of Shakti in the Mountains opening. In some ways, it feels like yesterday, and yet, that feeling does not explain the amount of wisdom and learning I have accrued in the last decade. I have met so many people, made many mistakes, listened to hundreds of stories, laughed countless of times, and received much love and compassion.

One of my biggest takeaways from this 10-year journey is learning to become my own authority.

We have come full circle.

We have come full circle.

Each one of us has different parameters for our individual containers and our parameters reflect the way we want to feel as well as what we value. If we value solitude, then our container will have tight parameters that give us uninterrupted alone time. If we value freedom of movement, then our container will have parameters (no long-term leases) that allow us to pick up and move easily.

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