For people, and certainly for sensitives, our homes become quite literally our sanctuaries in the world. For sensitives, or at those challenging times in life, our homes may also serve as our sanctuaries from
Even our dogs can mirror our need to feel safe, protected and free to be ourselves in the beautiful spaces and havens we create, express ourselves in, and live.
Here is an article from Daily Om that addresses allowing others into our sacred living spaces.
Strangers in Our Sanctuary
When we have created a sanctuary in our home, it can be jarring to have the outside world come in. It is easy to share our space with those we know well, but often strangers are asked in as household help, contractors, or technicians that help us make our homes more comfortable. Acquaintances of our spouses or children also bring something new and different into our space. If we resist their presence, treating it as an intrusion, we restrict the free flow of energy and may miss the gift they bring. Instead, we can choose to treat their energy as an exchange of gifts as well as an exercise in acceptance.
Before their arrival, we can prepare by envisioning light surrounding our bodies and radiating outward from the core of our homes. We may want to create a calm and welcoming environment by playing meditation music or lighting incense. We can remove tension for all involved by putting away our valuables. Then when they arrive, we claim our boundaries by guiding them through their visit—asking them to remove their shoes, offering coasters or a place to set down tool boxes, and indicating by example to speak softly or not use harsh language. If something still causes stress, we can remember that what begins as an irritation to an oyster becomes a pearl. After they depart, we can burn sage and clear our space if we like but not without first finding the pearl.
Finally, remember that we learn about life by relating with others. People may have been sent to our homes because we ignored some of the universe’s messengers outside. Our homes need not be a way to keep people out but can be the place where we are ourselves while accepting and allowing other’s choices. When we share the joy of our homes, we radiate our light rather than hide it behind closed doors. The more we do this, the more the outside world can become like the sanctuary we’ve created inside.
and remember, too, that when we enter another's space, or they enter ours, they too may be feeling some discomfort. So set an intention for all to feel welcomed, safe, comfortable and happy in your home. I find that it is wonderful when others bring the gift of their fresh and different energy into my home. It brings more life, chi, connection and enjoyment at those special times.