When many people hear or see the word “sacred” they usually think of something holy that may be affiliated with a particular faith. Mosques, temples, synagogues and churches are all sacred places of worship for those who follow the religious practices connected to them. However, many of us have our own sacred spaces that may not be part of any particular spiritual practice or belief system.  Have you ever been around a group of people where the negative energy was so strong you had to leave and go somewhere to recharge? If you answered yes, then congratulations! Where ever you went to replenish your spirit was indeed, a sacred space. Any place you devote exclusively for the purpose of nurturing your soul is sacred. This can be somewhere as simple as a quiet room for meditation, driving in your car listening to uplifting music or taking a relaxing bath.  Many creative projects come into manifestation easily when produced in a sacred space. If you paint, the place which inspires your creative art is sacred. If you write, the place and time your weave your words of magic is sacred. If you sing, the place where your vocal range is limitless is sacred. As we go throughout our busy days and hectic lives we seldom slow down to notice, acknowledge and dwell in our sacred spaces. I encourage you to take the time to be in your sacred space as much as possible. And if you don't have one, find or create one. The joy and peace of mind you'll receive from your sacred space is well worth it! 

DeShannon Bowens is Executive Director of Ilera Counseling and Education Services and currently lives in New York City.