Finding Bliss in Your Sanctuary
Creating a Sanctuary
eternal quest for the ultimate goal—bliss—proceeds in many directions. Some
seek it in various forms of addiction, and others by passionately submerging
themselves in work or pleasure. Some even try to find bliss, by escaping
reality all together. Hence the growth
of substance abuse, as a way to create the illusion of bliss and alter
perceptions of the world around. These
paths, however, are unhealthy and never satiate the true desire for peace or
tranquility. Serenity, or peace, is only achieved by striving for inner peace
first." -Unknown Author
Imagine stepping into a world surrounded by lush vegetation, filled with the chirping songs of the most beautiful birds you have ever seen and the most stunning natural waterfalls. As you gaze further into the horizon you now absorb through your eyes the breathtaking view of a snow-capped mountain range. Ahh, you are no doubt in absolute awe. Now imagine being able to retreat to this enchanting place anytime you felt a need for deep meditation. What bliss!
For more than 500 years religious pilgrimage to sacred mountains, such as the Andes and Machu Pichu continue to be a central feature of spiritual people from around the world. Meditation in temples thousands of years old, and participation in ancient ceremonies is still as real today as it was hundreds of years ago. People make these journeys following their need for reflection and meditation. But do we really need to inhale first hand the mystical air at the heights of the Andes mountains to find our bliss?
I think any place that offers a refuge away from the world and lends itself to meditation can become a sacred place or sanctuary. It is also important to keep in mind that although the word "meditation" seems to ring with religious undertones, meditation is not necessarily a religious act, and therefore does not violate any religious denomination. It is though spiritual in nature.Furthermore, your sanctuary can be physical or in the secret place of the mind. However keep in mind, that in this sanctuary of yours, you are the temple. Mind, body, emotions and spirit become one whole unit of energy, and no longer exist separately.
Now, regardless of where you decide to place your sanctuary,it should be created as to entice all your senses. It should evoke in you feelings of awe and you must also feel safe. A sanctuary's main purpose is thus quieting the mind and body so that it can bring focus and clarity. Often, after meditating, problems that you have been struggling with, miraculously become solved. Meditation have also been known to inspire people to write, and to spur lucrative business ideas, as your subconscious comes to light.
For example, my sanctuary is my bathroom. I chose this place as a sanctuary because it is within my bedroom and so it is the most private place in my home. Lavish plants, and pictures of beautiful singing birds surround me in this haven of peace, I can claim my own. Since plants for me are representative of life, not only do they beautify my sanctuary, but they add positive life energy. The pictures of beautiful birds help me connect to nature and bring forth visions of high places, such as mountain peaks and the heavens. In a small ledge above my tub I have inspirational sayings and proverbs that help with the meditation process. I also keep aromatherapy oils handy and use these to perfume the water in my tub and also to create a sense of euphoria and well-being. A mixture of lavender and sweet orange essential oils often does the trick. As I a submerge in my very own "placid lake," I listen to Native American flute music. This truly transports me to a high mountain peak where I can almost feel the mystical winds (no I do not use a fan to mimic the air flow of a mountain top, and I don't recommend anyone doing this either), and finally I slip into my inner world.
Once I'm in my inner world, I take special care of my thoughts. Sometimes my life is reviewed and I seek out Godly guidance. I relax completely and let any worries float away. If I catch myself thinking any negative thought, I dismiss the thought immediately and repeat to myself this wonderful affirmation, “my life is perfect just the way it is, and more good is coming my way, now and forever more.” I then let go of all disturbing thoughts, and replace these with thoughts of gratitude for all the good in my life. This is very rejuvenating for me, and it can be for you too. Actually, meditation can help delay the aging process by stimulating the release of endorphins into the blood stream.
Now I am not insinuating that my way of creating a sanctuary is the best way, or that you have to submerge in water, although there is a creative mysterious energy in water that has been recognized from ancient times. The theme of your sanctuary must reflect you and your beliefs about your external and internal worlds. As a matter of fact, you may be the kind of person who finds a sense of bliss looking at the stars. Then maybe your sanctuary's decor can focus on celestial things. Think about the things in the outer world that you love most and that by looking at them, or feeling them, or smelling them engulfs you in complete serenity, then choose these as the theme for your sanctuary. Whether, nature, mountains, plants, animals,
rivers, oceans, stars or planets. Think love, peace, forgiveness and serenity. Remember,
however, your true sanctuary is in your heart. Take care of your heart, from within your heart lies the source that connects you to all things.