The sacred, a meditation

I invite you to close your eyes, and to choose something – a place, a concept, an object, a person – that you regard as sacred.  What is the quality in it that evokes the sacred for you?  What values or virtues does it represent?  Are they values or virtues that find an echo within you?  Is the sacredness an inherent quality of it?  Or does it shine through it, as if its source is elsewhere?  Just focus for a while on your sacred place, concept, thing or person.  Allow its virtue to shine for you; hear its inner music, smell its perfume.  [long pause]  Now let the place, concept, thing or person fade from your mind and just focus on the virtue itself, and recognise its reflection in your own heart.

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