He learns to find the sacred in the every day.
We all venerate.
While the sacred offers a deep and meaningful experience, it also may create a difficult expectation. In seeking the sacred, we may turn to beautiful things (sunsets, fresh snow in the pines) or grace-filled experiences (child in grandparent’s lap, joyful reunions, kittens at play). We may even try to create (or recreate) an experience worthy and deserving of reverence.
Sometimes, these efforts work – that’s why we go back to them. However, when, despite our efforts, the encounter falls flat, it’s extremely frustrating. Often, we are forgetting a critical factor:
The sacred is not out there. The sacred resides in you.
The things and experiences we hold as sacred are held as such not because of qualities inherent to them. The sacred exists within each of us and is brought to our attention as we awaken to it. Items or experiences may evoke the sacred within us through the powerful dynamics of the moment. Yet, it is in our being alert to the sacred in the moment that creates the deep, meaningful experience.
Reverence, love, compassion – these are ways we engage the world and they may be found in every experience, every encounter…the good, the bad, and the ugly...day after day after day. We need only awaken to them.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell
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