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Where is Your Sanctuary?

Welcome to Art and Healing Wednesday!!

We all have special places that bring us a sense of peace when we’re in that environment.  I’m a big water person; love the beach, a river, any body of water that moves gives me a sense of relaxation.  It’s a multi-sensory experience because there’s the feel of the water, watching it run, and the sound it makes as it rushes past me.  Everyone has a place like that be it the mountains, a forest, or some other venue such as a museum, a car showroom, etc.

Yesterday I finally got my act together and pulled out all my sewing supplies.  I decided I’d go to the quilt shop which fortunately is only about 2 miles from the apartment.  When I walked in it felt like coming home.  I noticed a sense of excitement and ease in my body.  There was a change in my respiration, it became slower because I was comfortable and relaxed.  I had a conversation with the salesperson who told me about a monthly sewing group that meets at the store.  Most importantly, I got to look at and touch the fabric. 

So where is your sanctuary?  I obviously don’t believe that you have to be in a building with clergy to have a spiritual experience.  I remember years ago when I first started quilting I couldn’t get in to the synagogue for the High Holy Days (I wasn’t a member and didn’t have a ticket).  I decided to drive to the quilt shop and I sat in the quilt shop for over three hours and realized that was my sanctuary.  It was a place where all of me; body, mind, and spirit could come together and be in alignment. 

You don’t have to be “artistic”, but being in a place that allows you to feel connected and engaged is vitally important in your journey to health and healing?  If you’re a film lover, don’t you get a rush being in a movie theater?  Isn’t there something intoxicating (in a good way) about watching a film on a huge screen with a good sound system?  Remember, this isn’t about a place of worship, but a place that makes you feel connected to yourself on a higher level.

When you tap into your sanctuary you give yourself a gift.  You provide your body, mind, and spirit with a place of safety and security.  It’s a place you feel like you belong and that bring you joy.  It’s a place where you’re able to let your defenses down and gives your body a period of time where it doesn’t have to be on alert because this sanctuary is a safe place. 

I have to say I feel the same way about bookstores, new or used doesn’t matter.  The feel of a book, the smell of a book is soothing.  The selection keeps me engaged and although I don’t have to “play” with anyone else while I’m in that sanctuary; I’m aware that  everyone there enjoys the same thing…there’s a sense of community, with an individual twist.

I hope you find a place you can claim as your sanctuary.  I’d love to hear where your is, leave a comment and let’s see all the sanctuaries in our community!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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