My Dad was a Presbyterian minister, so I learned at a very young age what the “sanctuary” was. It was the sacred part of the church building where we had services.
It was not until many years later (slow learner), when I learned that “sanctuary” had a much broader definition. Many people think of “sanctuary” as a place of safety and protection.
I think we all need a “sanctuary.”
Life can get crazy. We all need a place of safety where we can chill, rest, and regroup.
Ideally you can find a physical space that can be a sanctuary for you.
In recent years, many organizations have set up meditation spaces for employees. Maybe this is something you can advocate for at your workplace.
Or perhaps there is a park near your office or home that you can go to and find some peaceful space.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to a physical sanctuary. The next best thing is to find some alone time somewhere and mentally take yourself to your sanctuary.
Maybe you imagine yourself on the beach with soft waves rolling in.
Or perhaps a special place from a childhood memory – somewhere you felt safe and at peace.
When life gets challenging – as it will – give yourself some time to regroup. Somehow, figure out a way to find your slice of peace – your sanctuary.