Would you like to feel more confident? More hopeful about your Life?
More at peace with your decisions? More connected to you?
Do you have a few minutes? I’d love to share one of the best investments of time, you’ll ever make.
I’m convinced you’ll receive an excellent return on your investment.
Allow me to explain…
Making ‘Me Space’
The hiking trails of the nearby arboretum became my chosen sanctuary. I was a member of the botanic gardens, which allowed me to gain entry to the site, earlier in the morning than the general public.
Every morning at the crack of dawn, I would drive over to hike the many trails and to feed my Soul, before heading off to work.
Some days, while trekking, I listened to the birds and creatures, chirping, calling or rustling around me, as they followed their morning routines.
Other days, I wore my headphones, listening to music, while on the trails.
A Life Long Memory in the Making
I have a memory of one particular crisp fall day that I’ll carry with me, until I leave this earth.
I was soaking up every detail within my sanctuary; the sounds of the wildlife scurrying around me, the scents of the decaying leaves and fallen branches and trees, the soft give of the earth beneath my hiking boots, the nearly bare skeletons of some trees compared to the fullness and vibrancy of the evergreens.
I was completely present and in the moment, as they say.
Since I tend to overheat while hiking, I was wearing leggings and a sleeveless tee shirt, so my arms were uncovered.
After listening to the sounds of nature, I put on my headphones to listen to Jeff Buckley’s album, ‘Grace’. His music touches my Soul in a way I can’t begin to describe.
I was so engrossed in Jeff’s amazing three and a half octave vocal range and his melodies that I barely paid attention to where I was on the long, yet familiar, trail.
Jeff began singing his version of ‘Hallelujah’. His rendition of this song is one of my all-time favorites, forever and ever, Amen.
If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favor and listen to it. He was amazing. The world was graced by his incredible range and his many musical talents, indeed.
At that exact moment, Jeff began singing the words, ‘Hallelujah, hallelujah…’
Synchronicity at Play
With a synchronicity that happens more frequently than we mortals usually notice, I looked at my arms, and realized they were golden, from my shoulders down to the tips of my fingers.
I couldn’t figure out what I’d brushed-up against that tinted them. Was I covered in pollen?
I slowly turned my arms over, to discover every inch was the same deep golden color. I was trying to make sense of this.
I looked up towards the sky and noticed I was hiking through a huge camp of bright yellow-leafed trees.
The song continued when I realized the sun and leaf canopy had collaborated to paint my arms with the brilliance of their color, some 40 to 50 feet overhead.
The strong, intense sun of the fall morning had transformed the trees into my own personal cathedral.
The floor of my cathedral was covered in a carpet of intense saffron colored leaves, which the trees had already shed.
I was reminded of Thoreau’s quote:
‘Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.’
Tears began to well in my eyes, as goose bumps covered my arms and shoulders.
I reached my arms towards the sky, while turning my body slowly in a circle, so I could absorb every second of this unexpected gift.
I listened intently, as the song continued playing with Jeff pushing his vocal range to the limits.
This remains one of the most spiritual moments of my life. It marked a time, place and space that I have carried with me, since.
Stepping into the Confidence to Choose
I felt connected to the earth, to every living thing around me, and, most importantly, to the deepest places within me.
At that moment I had an unwavering sense of hope and peace for my very uncertain future.
I knew I was going to be alright.
I stepped into my Confidence to Choose. I knew whatever I chose would be the right decision for me. I knew it didn’t matter what those questions or decisions might be.
I felt true peace and calm.
There was no fear within me, absolutely none.
I won’t begin to tell you that I have experiences like that every time I spend time in my sanctuary. Some experiences are, or will be, more significant and more memorable, than others.
Every time I grace myself with the gift of being present, especially while in my sanctuary, it brings me gifts and blessings.
These are a few of the gifts I’ve received:
- I think more clearly.
- I’m more productive, but in a relaxed way.
- I’m more calm, balanced and centered.
- I’m kinder to those around me.
- I’m much gentler to myself.
- I’m taking time from my day, to celebrate and think about me.
- I contemplate my thoughts and dreams.
- I identify, question and dispel my self-imposed limitations and fears.
My hope is that I’ve convinced you to do the same.
Go find your space.
Go celebrate you, in your sanctuary.
After all, there are 1,440 minutes in this day.
Don’t you deserve 10 of those minutes, just for you?
Please use the form below and share where your sanctuary is, what makes it your special place or what blessings of gifts you receive from spending time in your sanctuary.