If you’ve heard of the seven sacred pools in Hana, Hawaii you might be thinking, “How on earth can I build seven large pools perched on a hill that flow from one to the other in my backyard? And I live in an apartment anyway!” My answer is, “Yes, you can!” Now it is possible that some of you have the real estate and capital and brawn to actually build such a lovely oasis at your home. I suspect most don’t and really, you don’t need to do that to get the benefit I am suggesting.
The Seven Sacred Pools is a magnificent spot in the world and is one of a number of places I have experienced that brings me beauty, peace, calm and serenity. Call it what you want—it is sacred to me and to many others. What I am suggesting is that everyone should have seven—or any number of—sacred places or activities to go to when you need to quiet your mind, go inward, mellow out, relax, regroup or whatever serves you best in stressful times. I have at least seven such sacred things: bubble bath, walk in the morning, lazing in my hammock, an inspirational book, gardening, walking my labyrinth, dancing to music, listening to chimes in the breeze and more.
And notice I said “cultivating” seven sacred pools. By that I mean that in addition to searching for your sacred pools, you also need to nourish them, let them evolve, foster them and totally make them yours. For instance, I mentioned that my hammock is a spot that brings me joy. About four years ago, after I had been complaining about the mosquitoes getting me while I swayed on my hammock, I received a wonderful surprise gift from my husband. For my birthday he constructed a cocoon for my hammock. Using pullies, cords, hooks and a mosquito-netting ring that is typically used for a bed in the tropics, my sweetheart totally engulfed my hammock so that I would be safe and serene while I lay in it. That is cultivating a sacred pool—making it even more of an oasis than it already is.
Cultivating also means that you need to make the time in your busy life to go to these spaces or engage in these pursuits. Often when we are carried away in the daily craziness we call life, the last thing we think of is our seven sacred pools. We are in a pool—all right—a pool of insanity and disorder and distress so we find it hard to get into the sacred pool. I have a few techniques I use to remind myself to seek out the sacred pools. In my calendar I schedule time-outs and pick from from a list of joyful pastimes that I have created. I also schedule in regular times to do things I know I can count on to revive me—like some afternoon yoga stretching, meditating or journaling.
Like everything else you want to accomplish in your life, cultivating your sacred pools takes practice. I practice visiting at least one of my seven-plus sacred pools every day so that my default moves towards calmness rather than the usual default of overwhelm with life. I bid you a wonderful search for your sacred pools and wish you an infinite number of sacred pools from which to draw comfort, support and strength.
What are your Seven Sacred Pools?