Each of us has some place in the natural world that pulls our thoughts, at least momentarily, toward the divine. But we can't always be in the mountains, by the ocean, or under the Northern Lights. Your focus this week is to think about the environment you find most conducive to prayer and contemplation. For many, that might be sitting in the sanctuary of a church, cathedral, temple, mosque, or tent where the handiwork of the community brought forth an architectural and artistic vision of a place where God and humans could meet. Or, perhaps, it is a particular piece of artwork that evokes some inner stirring of emotion or tells a powerful story. Or, maybe, it is simply gazing into the candle flame or the crackling fire.
Whatever it might be for you, jot it down and think about why it facilitates contemplation and communion with God. Does it carry memories of significant events, evoke stories from scripture, or does it simply carry you away from the cares of the moment? Whatever it may be, consider how you feel about this place.