What is it we are looking for from the time we are little children? Whether it is during our adolescent years, teenage years, college years, adult years and on into our senior and retirement years – all we seem to want is happiness and sanctuary with emphasis on the word “sanctuary.”
I have discussed happiness in previous posts on another website and so I will pass talking about that here because what I would really like to discuss here is the other goal/objective we all seek at one time or another in our lives – “Sanctuary!”
What is “sanctuary?” Sanctuary is a place of refuge or safety. In today’s most violent times, we tend to think there are no truly “safe” places. I would hope that for the most of us, our homes and communities we live in are safe.
However, sanctuary as it relates to being safe from the craziness happening in the world today is but one of the many types of sanctuary we seek today. Too often today, I either read about or come in contact with individuals that are going through hard times and as a result are coping as best they can. Coping with life in general and all the little nuances that come with attempting to live the so-called American Dream.
For some time now I have had the urge to take up “meditation” as a form of relaxation and a means, so to speak, to get away from it all. While I have tried many times in the past, I am happy to say that my recent attempt has proven to be more fruitful as I am and have been doing so for almost two weeks now without missing a day.
What has this to do with today’s word prompt “sanctuary” you might be asking yourself. Just this – while I have only been meditating a few weeks now, I find that when I spend this time with just myself – these few solitary minutes (which will eventually be longer) is my sanctuary.
Furthermore, strange as it may sound, finding sanctuary within one’s own mind goes a long way towards providing not only inner peace but the feeling of safety within one’s own skin so to speak. And what better way to feel that we have found a place of refuge or safety than to experience it within our own body.
I look forward to each morning as I know that no matter how bad the previous day might have been, those few minutes by myself meditating provides me with a safe haven (sanctuary) and thus provides me with the means of facing whatever is tossed my way not only today but in days to come as well.
How about you – where is your sanctuary?