When we work with small sacred spaces, we look at the ingredients for that space.
Our ingredients, are our pointers, our touchstones and arrows that point to our true north. They create a space (small, medium or large) that for us points towards and reminds us of our true home.
When we bring these items together, its good to feel into what it is we might like to give out or receive into our live, outward \\ & // inward!
Mine items currently are:
A string of mala beads
A book, currently alternating between Saly & The Radiance Sutras
A candle or incense (Nag Champa is my all time favourite, that sandalwood: oh my!)
Ganesha (cause he's awesome!)
An Art of Attention Card from Elena Brower
Clear quartz crystal for clarity
I love to sit with these little touchstones. They remind me to live from "that" place, our true home, or as I affectionately call it "True North". When I sit I may think about the attitudes, or the qualities that I wish to bring into my life, but the altar reminds me of the present which I can then realistically combine with wishes for the future.
I believe Thich Nat Hahn wrote that little assembly of words above.