The swarm of Painted Ladies
showered me unexpectedly.
Carrying with them, in their spiritual lightness and artful wings,
the flutter of renewal, restoration and redemption.
Some have said their early migration is global-warming-induced.
It’s a thought that lends a sadness to this unexpected christening
I received upon their arrival.
Though, for me,
a girl with campaigns launched left and right these days toward
wellness and soul tending,
a girl awfully in love with finding angels and symbols
in every nook and under every rock,
too early couldn’t’ve been more
right on time.
“Every little thing is gonna be alright.” – Bob Marley
I recently spent several months with my iPhone camera amassing footage of my posing a simple question to people I encountered. Some friends, some strangers. I wasn’t exactly sure what I would find on this little journey, but I knew it could only be inspiring. The desire to do this came upon me long before situations in my personal life became unexpectedly dire, and suddenly the project went from being fun to urgent. Add to that a concerning world landscape presently in our midst, and there blossomed this resonant anchor to the question of where we go for our sense of sanctuary.
Take a look at some of the answers I was blessed to witness, and then take a moment, or several, to think about your own. Never has there been a more crucial time to turn inward and build practices or rituals that help to assuage suffering.
Featuring a beautiful musical underscoring by my dear friend & composer Chris Hardin, and a diverse group of individuals (from a prison inmate to a Buddhist monk) bravely willing to open their hearts and share. I invite you to enjoy The Sanctuary Project.
Angela Carole Brown is a published author, a recipient of the Heritage Magazine Award in poetry, and has produced several albums as a singer/songwriter, and a yoga/mindfulness CD. Bindi Girl Chronicles is her writing blog. Follow her on INSTAGRAM & YOUTUBE.