Sanctuary

1:  a consecrated place: such as
a: a Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holies
b (1): the most sacred of religious buildings; (2): a room where general services of worship are held
2 a (1):  a place of refuge and protection (2): a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal
b: the immunity from law

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Sanctuary (n.): early 14th century, “building set apart for holy worship,” from Anglo-French sentuarie, Old French saintuaire “sacred relic, holy thing; reliquary, sanctuary,” from Late Latin sanctuarium “a sacred place, shrine” (especially the Hebrew Holy of Holies; sanctum), also “a private room,” from Latin sanctus “holy” (related to: saint).

Source: etymonline.com

Wisdom

“have a mind so quiet, 
that you can hear doves whispering 
as they rest their wings 
in the rafters your silent sanctuary” 

Kate Mullane Robertson (writer, who has yet to author or publish a book)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/8207696.Kate_Mullane_Robertson

"Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures."

Bryant H. McGill (b. 1969, thought leader, author, activist, social entrepreneur, and top social media influencer, reaching a billion people a year)

Bio Source:

bryantmcgill.com/about

“Bound in a hollow of space and time, only those truly in need, without harm in their hearts, could find their way to its sanctuary.” 

Cate Morgan (writer and author of the book, “Callie”; she hails from a long line of storytellers and musicians)

Bio Source:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/5139662.Cate_Morgan

“Music I discovered that night, was a sanctuary, a safe place to hide, a place where scars didn't matter, they didn't exist.” 

Len Vlahos (Executive Director of BISG, former COO of the American Booksellers Association, worked for a time for Internet marketing guru Seth Godin, was in a punk rock band in the mid-1980s, and author of "The Scar Boys" and "Scar Girl")

Bio Source:

www.lenvlahos.com

"Each of us has an inner room where we can visit to be cleansed of fear-based thoughts and feelings. This room, the holy of holies, is a sanctuary of light."

Marianne Williamson (b. 1952, internationally acclaimed author and spiritual teacher)

Bio Source:

marianne.com

“Finding a sanctuary, a place apart from time, is not so different from finding a faith.” 

Pico Iyer (b. 1957, travel essayist and novelist, best known for writing "Falling Off the May: Some Lonely Places of the World")

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/pico_iyer

"Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary: It is, perpetually, a dangerous place."

Margaret Drabble (b. 1939, English novelist, biographer, and critic)

Bio Source:

literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/margaret-drabble

Meditation

“have a mind so quiet,
that you can hear doves whispering
as they rest their wings
in the rafters your silent sanctuary” — Kate Mullane Robertson

 

I am rereading Deepak Chopra’s book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.”  I haven’t read it in about 30 years, back when I was in my twenties.  At that time, I thought the book was about finding ways to be a professional success and to make more money.

Now, that I am a mature woman, I am suprised (and not so shocked) to see it’s really about tapping into The Divine and doing the internal soul work.

For instance, The Law of Pure Potentiality, Chopra suggests building a spiritual practice of silence.   He suggests starting out with 10 minutes a day in the morning and slowly expanding the periods of silence throughout one’s day, either by walking in nature or spending time alone in meditation or contemplation.  These practices will expand the space between our thoughts and allow the needless chatter and noise to fall away. (Btw, thoughts are not us, so once you face them and the emotions that come with them, let them go!)

Chopra sums it up in this way:

“What happens when you go into this experience of silence?  Initially your internal dialogue becomes even more turbulent… But as they stay with the experience, their internal dialogue begins to quieten.  And soon the silence becomes profound.  This is because after a while the mind gives up; it realizes there is no point in going around and around if you — the Self, the spirit, the choice-maker — are not going to speak, period.  Then, as the internal dialogue quietens, you begin to experience the stillness of the field of pure potentiality.”

Another way to quieting our rambling thoughts, we may want to what is recommended by Cynthia Bourgeault in her book, “the Heart of Centering Prayer.”  During the time of silence, with in meditation or contemplating try focusing on a preferred sacred word, an one-syllable word like Love, Light, Hope, or Grace, until those thoughts subside.   Once mind quiets one can then drop the word and move more deeply into meditation.

Building sanctuaries of the mind, body, mind and spirit are the worthwhile building blocks to noble spiritual practices.

Live well, with courage and meaning, sojourners!

Much Love, Tonya

 

 

 

 

 

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