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Many people talk about their home being a “sacred space.” What they usually mean is not that their home is a place of religious worship and ritual (although home can certainly be understood that way), but that their home is a place where some activities or people or things aren’t welcome. They’ve set apart the space inside their home for the the things and activities and people that are most meaningful or valuable to them.

When I’m exploring the meaning of a word or an idea, I like to look at what it’s not. The word sacred is usually contrasted with the word profane, which is a word I remember from high school Latin class. It means in front of or outside the temple. There’s an implicit boundary between the two; on one side is the not-sacred, and on the other side is the sacred.

Do you think of your home as a sacred space? Where do you draw the boundary between sacred and not-sacred?