Growing SpacesThe Growing Dome as a Home Sanctuary

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As I feel into the challenges of today’s reality, I can see that it is more difficult to stay centered and NOT live from Fear. The American media seems hell-bent on keeping us in a state of shock, and still the truth of climate change is being kept in the back-ground, when it COULD unite us. In 7-7-2007 Al Gore made a statement at his Live Earth event that said: “The climate crisis offers us the chance to experience what few generations in history have had the privilege of experiencing: a mission; a compelling moral purpose; a shared cause; and the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict of politics and to embrace a genuine moral and spiritual challenge."

Anna Lappe’ in her new book “Getting a Grip” points out that things are getting so much better and so much worse all at the same time!

As a very sensitive person, I have spent many decades learning how to find inner peace when I naturally gravitate to “what needs to be balanced” in the outside world. Living from the inside out has been the theme of my quest for almost forty years. I learned long ago to see conflict as opportunity, but WHICH conflict is mine to bear? I have to ask now. So many areas of discord out there it seems.

Finding Sanctuary is a sense of place where one feels safe enough to settle into the truth of one’s being. Growing up near Los Angeles, this was most palpably felt in the mountains in my youth. My parents were farmers who left their Norwegian/German roots in Minnesota to claim a new identity, a new frontier and the expansion of the wealth they experienced in California’s abundant climate. I grew up thinking that fruit trees were a part of everyone’s back yard.

As a child, the sense of sanctuary came, not only in church, but in the middle of the night, when the world was sleeping. The peace and quiet then allowed me my own insights, and study. Today my meditative practices are integrated with a busy schedule and nature still heals me. But, I realize that Sanctuary is the result of my focus.

If I can “JUST STOP” in the midst of my moments, and take a breath, let go and be HERE, in my body and my awareness a sense of presence arises that can attend from a different place in myself. My mind and emotions are filters for a deeper reality in and through me. That place is like the deeper currents of the ocean, underneath the waves and storms above.

Although gardening inadvertently brings a sense of groundedness and Sanctuary, like camping, skiing, dancing and singing when I was a child, I am finding now that cultivating inner peace is a constant need. Those old actions bring release and balance, and a conscious diet too carries me properly, but I have to include myself and my own self-care through letting go. It means a practice that allows not knowing, until knowing arises from the deeper still part of me. That knowing is a deeper wisdom, a call to action from a clearer place.

It means moving from stillness which is beyond my roles and identities. It means allowing and listening deeply all the time, both within and without, of a felt sense beyond the mental constructs of my conditioning. It is a practice “beyond belief” which remains in discovery and openness, which is often uncomfortable.

Our greatest Sanctuary, though we have forgotten it, is our Earthly home, with its Divine Order. The gift of life, so often celebrated by watching plants and animals and children grow becomes more apparent as we mature.

Sanctuary is a felt sense from the natural order occurring in and through us even now, when the world seems so upsetting. For me there is no separation between Heaven and Earth, if we dive deep enough inside ourselves and our challenges. Underneath and permeating it all is wholeness that allows one to feel that sense of Sanctuary. There is a place where fear subsides and courage grows and celebration is natural.

--- Puja Dhyan

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike."

- John Muir

Home SanctuariesBibliography
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A Place of Peace & Solace
Advantages of a Separate Space

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