Sanctuary time is about pausing, reflecting, recharging.
Sanctuary time enables exploration and seeing the path. Sanctuary time is about calibrating my compass and finding right direction. I’ve come to crave the time because it grounds me and guides me in being my best.
I feel like I’m getting important things done when my energy is high and I’m in action. My sanctuary time is the engine that charges that action. Sanctuary time ensures my energy is directed in the most valuable ways. I’m discovering that it’s not either steady and calm or moving and energetic – it’s a big A.N.D. Balance is possible only when both are present, each counterbalancing the other. The energy ultimately calls for the calm, and the calm fuels the energy. There’s a synergy, a harmony in having both.
Sanctuary time is introspective and filled with questions. The inquiry provides answers. Who am I? What do I stand for? How I want to show up? What impact do I want to have? What I am I grateful for? Where can I stretch? What would facing my challenges look like? What can I celebrate? Who do I want to bring along on my journey?
In my sanctuary, I’m able to release the blocks that hold me back and control me. Well, I don’t always get those blocks completely out of the way; however, I am able to loosen them. And when I can’t seem to do that, I embrace the idea that the obstacles on the path ARE the path. Those blocks are my invitation to grow and stretch and see what my energy can create in the world. The time permits a letting go. I can feel deep down to my core how healthy and good this letting go is.
In this sanctuary, I find authenticity. I open to the softest spots of my being. I discover who I am, what I’m feeling, what I want, how I’m doing. I sense the essence of myself and those my life touches, the purpose in my work and life, the incredible mystery of the world around me. From here I come out of hiding, let go of any defense, and take off the armor I so often and easily use to protect myself. In this holy place, I open, I claim my power, I grab my courage, and I open and share my truth.
This sanctuary is a place where I “play with the edge of my life” (Rolf Gates), where I gain the strength to “live on the edge of possibility” (Therese Kienast). To see out into the vast spaciousness and unknown requires my light. And when I shine bright, I illuminate what’s possible.
I invite you to ask yourself:
- What does “sanctuary time” look like for me?
- What is possible for me when I slow down enough to pause and reflect?
- What do I want to create during quiet introspective time with myself?
I’d love to hear your answers…
Some of you may have gotten used to finding a monthly calendar here. Instead, I offer you this complete 2014 calendar:
Photo by Vicki L. Flaherty, Cabo de Sao Vincente, Portugal, August 2013.