Why You Must Think Of Your Inner Sanctuary As ‘Home’
“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice to which we may continuously return” – Thomas Kelly
How would you describe feeling at home? Home is not just a physical place where you seek to be nurtured. It is our inner sanctuary and sacred place where we can experience deep emotional and spiritual intimacy with ourselves. Herman Hess quotes, “Within you, there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself”.
A kingdom of its own, it is a safe and stable haven where we find respite from chaos and stress, and inner resources for restoration and comfort. Thich Nhat Hahn quotes, “It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems“. Our inner sanctuary awakens us to conscious living and conscious loving. We experience a deeper and meaningful relationship with ourselves that flows to all we encounter. Our true home is a sacred place and inner sanctuary to refresh our soul and dwell in healing, peace, presence, and love.
Home is healing
How can we transform suffering and live without regrets? Be gentle, forgiving, and compassionate with yourself. As Buddha quotes, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional“. The choice is yours each moment of the day. Free yourself from the traps of adversity. Thich Nhat Hanh states the importance of being mindful, “The energy of mindfulness helps us recognize, acknowledge, and embrace the presence of suffering, which can already bring some calm and relief”. Even in the midst of challenging times, we can find joy. Be open and capture the momentary beauty and wonders of life. Our intuitive guidance provides clarity, enables us to discern the gifts of wisdom from life lessons; and guides us on the right path for optimal learning, understanding, and spiritual growth.
Home is peace
Find serenity within and experience the refreshing energy of solitude. Be patient and stay calm. When we are calm, we feel tranquil and in control of our emotions. Take deep breaths and relax in the energy of peace. Buddha quotes, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”. The inner strength of peace makes us less reliant on outer conditions, and to be in harmony with ourselves. We can enhance our capacity to manage ourselves and effectively deal with life situations. Preserve your energy by maintaining and sustaining peace.
Home is presence
Be mindfully aware that the only moment we have is now. We often spend time looking back with regrets and being preoccupied with the future. As quoted by Buddha, “The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment”. The best way to capture moments is by being attentive and cultivating mindfulness. Our breath keeps us aware of the present moment and to be grateful for the gift of life.
Practice deep breathing as an effective and simple solution for relaxation and stress reduction. Spend time in nature which has its own sanctuary to refresh the soul. Take time for yourself through meditative sitting and walking. Be open to intuitive guidance to gain clarity and insight. As we stay connected to our true self, we become less distracted and can fully engage with ourselves and our surroundings.
Home is love
Within us is the inner light that is always shining. Our deepest and greatest longing is to love ourselves. Home is the heart of Divine Love. Carl Jung states, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside, awakens”. Flourish in your own love. Nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Love and care for yourself and appreciate your uniqueness. “The most important person to love is you. Once you do that, it’s easier to love everyone else” –Buddha. As you connect with your inner sanctuary, your outer life will reflect those changes and expand your capacity for unconditional love.
Home is healing. When you feel homesick, homeless, or fragmented, you can always go home to your inner sanctuary anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. Buddha quotes, “Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself “. Rumi quotes, “Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you”. Enter and dwell in your own love. Transform pain into joy. Find peace and harmony. Be present with life. Experience this soulful connection with your true self. Like a cooling breeze, each divine moment refreshes your entire being.
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