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In a recent post I said “One way to go about it is is to visit a sacred place – it can be a church or temple but a magical spot in the countryside or park is just as good – and spend some time in contemplation.”

The important thing here is that the spot you pick seems right to you. Some people choose places that inspire awe, which is why the natural environment works well.”

We have lost many of the habits and customs that helped keep our ancestors on an even keel. Finding solitude and opportunities for contemplation, for example, and understandings about spirituality and the innate human need to care for our inner wellbeing.

It doesn’t matter where you do it. You can create your own sacred space anywhere, though most people tend to think of the natural world or places traditionally associated with devotional activities.

It is unfashionable to think in this way – to accept that we have a natural desire to connect with ourselves and find inner assurance – unless it is linked to religion. But awareness of our spiritual nature is essential for purposeful living and fulfilment. This is not a domain of any belief-system, religious or secular, it is a basic human need.

One Response to “Find a Sacred Place – 2”

  1. Very good comments Barry. My ancestors are Celtic, and even though I have never had the chance to visit the British Isles, I seem to be Celtic through & through. My sacred place is and has been for most of my life setting aside time every day, being quiet and listening to Celtic music. This never fails to “raise me up”, soothe the stress and give me another perspective on life. Sometimes I sit outside, under a tree, sometimes inside, in my modern Laz Y Boy Chair…it’s not the place but the sounds that make it sacred.

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