Each day I meditate cross-legged sitting on my sofa in my living room. When people come to visit they seem to gravitate to that spot even though there are many other places they could choose to sit. There must be something special about it.
When you meditate or pray or do some other spiritual practice, your body and mind settle down, purify, and harmonize. Your being becomes more coherent and your energy expands. You touch the deepest and most subtle aspect of your Self. This not only affects your mind and body, it affects the spot where you practice. The ripple effect of peace is undeniable.
In reality, everywhere you stand and sit is sacred. Yes, it's true that some places seem to have more spiritual wattage than others. Some are sacred places that are destinations for pilgrims. Whether it be a holy temple, cathedral, or sacred site, each place can cultivate a sense of serenity, awe, and reverence. Maybe it's because when humans decide over many years that a place is sacred, it becomes infused with a special energy. Or, is it the other way around?
I feel a deep sense of connection and reverence in these three places: the
of Yogananda's Fellowship in Encinitas, Calfornia, the
where Ramana Maharshi sat in meditation for hours in South India, and the
of the church where St. Francis' body is laid in Assisi, Italy. There are so many others. Each year I aim to visit one. This year, I am lucky enough to go on a
tour which includes a private visit to Stonehenge
and the chalice well in Britain.
How does where you meditate affect the space you are in? Where do you go on pilgrimage? Share with me on the
I'd love to know more.