Defining the sacred

Huffington Post recently had a slideshow wherein its editors posted pictures of their most sacred place on earth. These images ranged from nature to religious imagery, children and even a book! And got me to think about the meaning of the word “sacred”. defines Sacred as:

1. devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
2. entitled to veneration or re
ligious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.
3. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacr
ed to study.
4. regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.

But to me, sacred goes far beyond the boundaries of religion its much more spiritual. It could be a moment, a thought, a feeling, a word…

Like a particularly spectacular sunrise (or sunset), when the sky lights up in multiple hues that can only leave you gasping at the utter brilliance of the Creator…

A sacred sunset

Or the breathtaking beauty of a flower…

I find the sacred in the time I spend crafting, or when I lose myself in my art or photography

In the corner of the couch when I curl up with my journal

In the lyrics to a song that seems to speak to me

The sacred isnt merely religious its personal. Its a feeling of bliss, of connectedness, of peace.

Whats sacred for you?

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  1. The moment that I find myself so completely in a book, that I can literally hear the characters speaking, smell what they smell and see what they see.

    Listening to my son giggle with the total glee and joy that children know how to have.

    Or looking at a piece of art and marveling at how the smallest of brush strokes can bring tears to your eyes.

    That’s sacred to me. Because as quickly as they are there, those moments are gone.

  2. Beautiful thoughts.

    Sacred things for me:
    *new babies
    *new marriages
    *the national anthem, especially with a shot of servicemen abroad
    sleeping children
    *moments — those undefinable moments when I know I am more and connect with someone else who is more
    *deep conversation when soul communicates with soul

    Thank you for inviting me to ponder this today. May this day be sacred for you.

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