The Sacred Has A Way Of Sneaking Up On You

Written by on February 19, 2019 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Meditation, Thrive with 0 Comments

St. George, Utah can be kind of a quirky place. It's a remote and arid landscape that grows outlet malls, golf courses, retirement communities, tanning salons, and time-share condominiums.

Despite this oddness, St. George is simultaneously sublime: red rocks, eternal desert wilderness trails, breathtaking desert landscapes, and amazingly close to Kolob canyon and Zions National Park, some of the most sublime natural landscape on the planet. Besides, compared to St. George's next-door neighbor, Las Vegas, everything seems mild.
Years ago, I was enjoying a warm Thanksgiving in Zions and stayed in St. George for a few nights. In St. George there's a restaurant that stands like an oasis in the wilderness of red rock-desert and frozen yogurt shacks. It's named after its owner, Benja, and serves wonderful Thai and Japanese food.

We had ordered our meals and were sipping some aromatic jasmine tea when my partner noticed the music playing in the restaurant. It was very minimal, a soft chant set to simple and basic music. She closed her eyes, leaned back in her chair and listened. After a moment of reverie she said, “We may as well be in a Benedictine monastery in Europe. It's amazing how the sacred has a way of sneaking up on you.”

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And it is amazing how it seems that in the most unlikely of places, this oasis in the desert, both culturally and literally, how we could find this snippet of time at a restaurant where we can sit and enjoy such a beautiful reminder of the Divine.

With awareness, one begins to see the sacred in everything, how indeed it can sneak up on you and surprise you when you least expect it. It may take stepping out of our own personal paradigm prison but with a little awareness, we see how not only the desert is a spectacular landscape, but somehow even the tanning salons, outlet malls, and golf courses contain some magic about them.

Somehow, if we look deep enough, everything points back to the Divine.
It's so easy to become cynical and jaded by politics, commercialism, and rat-race of it all. With a little awareness, perhaps we can see how the Divine reveals itself in many ways. There's something of the Divine in it all.

With practice, we can see the nuggets of the Divine in the least of likely places, gleaming like gold in the desert. With presence, it's amazing how the sacred has a way of sneaking up on you.

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness and lives in Southern France. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program


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