Are you Home or Away?

If you were lucky enough to go on holiday over the summer you hopefully returned feeling refreshed. However, does that holiday already seem a long time ago?

Daily life can be so overwhelming that we lurch from one break to another only to sleep most of that break away. If we can find a still point inside ourselves and visit it daily, however, we can learn to feel refreshed after just a few minutes.

A dear friend of mine, Jackie Jarvis, recently walked both of the long Caminos in Spain and Portugal and has written “In the Pursuit of Slow” as a result. During her adventures, she learned that taking time out and slowing down to a natural rhythm completely redefined how she wanted to live her life. Her worries and anxieties fell away and she found a deep inner peace. I thoroughly recommend her book – not only is it an enjoyable read but it also gives lots of tips and hints about how to achieve peace on a daily basis.

Try this: sit in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed, close your eyes and design your perfect inner sanctum. It might be an empty space or a cosy room; it might be filled with beautiful flowers, exquisite paintings or the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept on; it might be in nature by a lake, a mountain or the sea; it might be in a concert hall filled with beautiful music. You can create whatever you like as long as feel completely safe and relaxed.

Now imagine yourself sitting, lying or standing within it and allow its healing properties to infuse you with strength, hope, compassion or whichever quality you most need at the moment. Allow any tension to melt away and return to the refreshed self you would like to be all the time.

Do this on a daily basis and soon you will no longer need a holiday. Of course travelling and time away can be huge fun but don’t spend all your breaks sleeping because you’re so tired. By visiting your inner temple regularly, you will be able to take off in that aeroplane or drive away in that car and give everything you’ve got to the wonderful adventures ahead, including your daily life.

Enjoy creating your inner sanctuary and have a happy, peaceful October.

Love Laurelle