Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

How often do you visit your own sanctuary? 

If you live in a world of cacophony, even if it’s all positive cacophony, there still is a prerequisite in our internal beings for moments of complete tranquility and silence. 

Very seldom do we make the concerted effort to seek out that sanctuary, if for no other reason then we are so satisfied with all of the positive cacophony surrounding us. 

But is that a healthy choice? 

I think it is important to find a moment every single day to retreat into silence. Some people use meditation to accomplish this and others might just take a walk or sit somewhere beautiful and contemplate their surroundings.

Whichever your particular desire for sanctuary, once you are within, you are now alone with your own internal being. Sometimes that breeds considerable tranquility, and other times, depending upon the degree of turmoil you might be experiencing at any particular moment in time, it might be overwhelming. 

I would invite you to consider the opportunity of engaging with yourself in this respite, with the sole purpose of tranquilizing everything that is swirling around you in your daily existence. You might find this silence to be excruciating because so much of you wants to get back into the throes of your daily existence and perpetuate all that you are currently engaged with. But stay with the silence a few minutes longer than you think you should. It regenerates on all levels.

Deep within that silence lies your own internal holding place for some of the most precious treasures in your arsenal, starting with your sanity. We can become so consumed with the logistics of the life we have chosen as to obfuscate all else. Digging deep within enables us to reconnect with all that is truly ourselves and further facilitates our own internal healing process from the rigors of our daily stress. 

Somewhere in the sanctuary you will find answers to questions you have not even begun to contemplate, and yet there they are staring you in the face waiting for you to ask the question so that they might be released in your favor. 

Make the time. You’re worth it. 

Happy Tuesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!