Spiritual Spaces

For those of you who don't know and for those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, I am very passionate about spiritual design. What is spiritual deign you ask? Contrary to popular belief it does not mean I am religious or spiritual. Spiritual design is creating a space that leaves a lasting impression, that stops you in your tracks as soon as you enter, that hits all of your senses and makes you want to stay put for ages. Ever had that experience with a space?

My first spiritual space experience I can remember was a family walk to The Temple of the Winds on the South Downs. A lovely forest walk through the autumnal trees led to a resting point with a gorgeous panoramic view. I remember sitting next to my mum and just thinking 'wow'. I immediately felt relaxed and was overwhelmed by the pure beauty of the space. 

Image Source National Trust

Image Source National Trust

This photo dosen't even begin to show the natural beauty of the space. I could just sit and be for hours. A space doesn't have to be religious to be spiritual, it just has to make you feel. 

There are many different elements that can help to make a space spiritual. Light, form, shadow, geometry and movement make up spiritual spaces. More then anything, a spiritual experience is personal to everyone! You could feel something within a space and the person next to you could not - it's a unique experience. They can be natural, man made or accidental spaces, as long as they make you feel something, they are spiritual. 

Here are some photos of spiritual spaces I've been lucky enough to visit or have found online. 

Sensing Spaces Exhibition - Authors own image

Sensing Spaces Exhibition - Authors own image

Aldsworth Common in the snow - Authors own image

Aldsworth Common in the snow - Authors own image

Bandar Seri Bagewan, Brunei - Image Source Dusky Wonder SiteΒ 

Bandar Seri Bagewan, Brunei - Image Source Dusky Wonder Site 

Dover Games - Authors own image

Dover Games - Authors own image

I hope this post opens your eyes a little bit more to the world of spiritual design. Have you had any spiritual space experiences? Please feel free to comment below, like and share. Have a look at my website www.sophiehowarddesign.co.uk and follow me on twitter @SHowardsMusings 

Much love 

Sophie