Finding sanctuary has evolved into an essential daily practice for me recently. Historically, the word sanctuary referred to a sacred place, or shrine. Shrines were viewed as havens, so by association, the term sanctuary refers to any place of safety or protection. By extension then, safety and protection can bring one to a deep place of inner calm.
I have been amazed at how many mini sanctuary-like moments I’ve been able to create for myself journeying through what has been an extremely emotionally tough month. The feelings of respite, peace and grace I’ve experienced have felt wonderful and transformative. I’ve found calming shelter in many lovely and unexpected moments and places.
The secret, I discovered, is to consciously recognize when you need to find sanctuary… and then do so. For when we intend it, so it is! Watching a bird feeding at the feeder just outside your window is a nice experience. It becomes a sanctuary moment when you tell yourself you are going to find respite here… when you consciously pause, really taking in the moment. I invite you to consider dosing your days with a bit of this magic.
Sweet sanctuary can be found, I’ve discovered, in so many aspects of life. For instance, you might enjoy really listening deeply and whole-heartedly to a piece of music, or take your daily walk, yet deem it special sanctuary time. You will be amazed at how exquisite the time then feels. Find sanctuary in the arms of your partner, in a creative pursuit, in savoring that first cup of coffee or tea, on a bike ride, or while digging in your garden. By deliberately letting yourself be sheltered in the sacredness of what might otherwise be experienced as ordinary pursuits, you will experience a haven of calm and feel delightfully refreshed. Let finding sanctuary become a regular practice, buffering you against the rougher edges of your days. Let me know what you discover!