In seeking sanctuary as I travel through my days, I have been so fortunate this year to have gone some amazing places. And it may or may not come as a surprise to you to hear that I can find sanctuary almost every place I go. It’s my thing. But what about you? Do you take it with you when you leave home, that peaceful, sanctuary feeling? Or do you rather seek it as you travel?
I always take a few sanctuary tools with me — a candle, a crystal or two, some essential oil, my journal, some soft music. But what’s been my big revelation this year is that I find more authentic expressions of sanctuary when I turn away from my own go-to’s and just sink into the place I am in. That surprised me. And then I thought about that old William Hurt movie, “The Accidental Tourist,” and laughed. Yeah, I am so not that. He spent his life writing travel manuals for people who wanted to travel but also to insulate themselves in a way that allowed them to have almost all of the comforts of their normal, daily lives with them. In my estimation, his manuals prevented his readers from being fully present and enjoying all of the experiences in the place they visited. I know people like this. I didn’t realize I could have been on my way to becoming one of them!
As I sunk into Costa Rica this summer, the biggest thing that hit me was the visual feast right in front of my eyes, right in front of my camera lens, as it were. I just have to share some of what I captured with you:
To see the beauty and sanctuary around you, wherever you are, you have to open your eyes. Shift your lens. Be willing to change your perspective. It takes a dose of mindfulness, a modicum of presence, a desire to grow and be transformed by the environment around you. But it’s so there. It’s so waiting for you.
I found sanctuary in Costa Rica. I found it several other places too, that I will feature in upcoming posts. Where have YOU found sanctuary lately? Tell me in the comments below. You know I can’t wait to read them.
With love and gratitude,