A few days ago, on my birthday, my friend Bo Mackinson pulled a Desert Wisdom Card on my behalf. See what appeared! The perfect message.
- A sacred or holy place
- A place for tranquility and introspection
- A place of refuge, protection, and safety
Sanctuary reflects the essence of what I wish to create for myself and for others:
- I see my heart-mind as a sanctuary of love, compassion and wisdom.
- I see my body as a sanctuary for my true essence, temporary yet vital and worthy of care and respect.
- I see my land as a sanctuary of beauty, quiet, and nourishment.
- I see my blog – Always Well Within – as a sanctuary of sanity and serenity, where you can find rest amidst the busyness of daily life.
In one sense, I’ve lived without sanctuary for the better part of my life. But now I intend for all that I believe and create to be a form of sanctuary.
Since we can never control externals, the best form of sanctuary lies within.
Should my body wither, as it will one day, I will always have the sanctuary of my pure awareness. Should my land be swallowed by lava, I will always have the sanctuary of my wisdom intelligence. Should my blog fall off the internet, I will always have the sanctuary of my selfless presence.
Still, an outer refuge can be a blessing and essential to the development of an inner one. Just don’t be fooled into believing it’s permanent.
Please enjoy my sanctuary, but also find your personal home. Find your place of comfort and ease, where love flows ceaselessly from your heart. Find your place of relief, one you can access at anytime. Find your true intelligence to guide you to safety whenever you feel lost, distracted, or alone.
This life is not an easy one! People come and go and even die. Everything physical you depend on right now will decay, deteriorate, and disappear. And you’ll need to part with whatever happens to remain when it comes time for your body to say good-bye.
Is a sanctuary exactly what you need? If so, don’t wait another moment! Start to create your own cocoon of comfort and protection this very day.
What would a sanctuary look like to you? I would love to hear!
P. S. As you may know, I live on the Big Island of Hawai’i. As I write these words, lava is slowly flowing toward our nearest town (10 miles away) and could reach there in the coming week or two. Please send positive thoughts, prayers, and your love so that all are safe and the lava finds alternate ways to naturally twist and turn or decide to end its flow before entering town. I’m safe, but I’m concerned for the people and businesses in Pahoa. Many thanks!
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