The word “sanctuary” can be defined as a “sacred,” safe, intimate place where one can be alone with their thoughts – relaxing, meditating, or pondering the meaning of existence. It’s not the place where you get motivated and fired up about life…On contrary, in your own private Sanctuary you detach yourself from everything else around you and take a look inside, organize your thoughts, and just for a little while – live at a slower pace.
Do you have a Sanctuary? What is, exactly, a Sanctuary? In simple terms, it can either be a physical place, or a state of mind…and sometimes – it’s both. A Sanctuary is where you go to feel at peace with yourself and your thoughts, where you can relax and feel joy, uninterrupted by anything else in the world.
Having a Sanctuary allows you to refresh your mind and view things from a lighter perspective. Here, your thoughts run free, and energy fills your body as you are letting go of all your worries. This is where you can feel at ease with yourself, give your troubles a rest, and allow yourself to get back in touch with the deepest corners of your soul.
You can find your Sanctuary everywhere around you – while taking a long walk, sitting in a serene corner of your garden, practicing yoga, watching a sunrise in the wee hours of the morning, or whatever else you enjoy doing.
I find my Sanctuary in nature – when I am hiking, walking next to a stream, listening to the sounds of water and the rustling of leaves in the wind. I hear the birds singing all around me, and feel the fresh air filling my chest. This gives me energy and a renewed hope in life, my thoughts slow down a bit, and I can finally gain a new perspective on things that concern me most.
You can also be in your Sanctuary by listening to relaxing music while you are doing something else. When you listen to music, it stimulates your mind and produces a completely different thought pattern than what you are normally accustomed to. That is why soft, relaxing tunes go well with massages, yoga exercises, and meditation. Bring in into your Sanctuary if you really want to get away from the fast pace of life for a little while.
If you’ve never tried this before – set some time aside for being alone with yourself in your Sanctuary. Get to know YOU – I bet you are an exciting and unique individual, and there are depths to your character that even you are not aware of. Being in your Sanctuary will allow your imagination to flow freely and make some of your best ideas to come up to the surface.
Each time, as you collect your thoughts and let your soul relax, you will find that you are enjoying life a whole lot more, because you are not drained of energy from stress and worry. Things will appear clearer and you will find solutions to many of your problems.
In your Sanctuary, you really go on a spiritual journey where you explore your mind and different ideas it produces. Your Sanctuary allows you to be alone with your thoughts, and therefore, to get to know, and “understand” yourself better. In the end, not only will you be more relaxed and happy, but wiser too.
As Jiddu Krishnamurti once said: “When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely – the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears – when you give your whole attention to it.” So, give your undivided attention to yourself, understand your mind and your thoughts, relax, and enjoy life!