Daily Prompt: A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.
I have a walk-in closet. It’s nothing fancy, just a tiny room, maybe 10’x10′, with a window and a door. I threw my meditation mat with pillows, cushions, and a fuzzy dog blanket on top and it’s my doggy’s haven. I have a little sitting meditation cushion next to his bed, and this is where I go when I need to feel safe. I stop in here 2-3 times a day and do my sitting meditation. Dog snores are my background music. My yoga spot is just outside this closet, so I pop into the closet after yoga to meditate.
Lately I’ve been practicing bring meditation into the rest of my house, and not just my cushion and bed. I read last night in a book I’m reading (Waking Up to What You Do by Diane Rizzetto) that if you just practice 5 minutes of doing nothing but watching your breath throughout the day you can make a profound change in your life. So that is my goal, to add to my practice by interspersing 5 minute watching-my-breath sessions while I’m doing things like sitting at my computer. My entire house is quiet. Hubby is usually not home, and when he is, we spend most of our days doing our own things except when we eat or are gaming or when he stops in my office to tell me something about his day. So bringing my meditation practice out of the closet and making my entire house my sanctuary Is really a natural thing.
There’s also an incredible sanctuary I have outdoors. There are regular neighbors I see on the trails occasionally, but for the most part I have the entire conservation area to myself and Pup, and it’s peaceful. There is a Llama and sheep farm at the bottom of my hill, and when they are out they are always a calming sight. Even my neighborhood is peaceful and country like and when the weather is nice I walk the streets.
My ultimate sanctuary is wherever my dog is. When I have to travel the homesickness of being away from my dog and my house tears me apart.