I have given my students the holdiay assignment of finding and writing in a sacred place. partly, this 'lesson' derives from my classes reading transcendalists and joseph campbell; partly it comes out of my own long-held desire for that 'cabin in the woods by moving water'. partly, it is just another way to pay attention to the voice within.
I know that, essentially, the sacred place exists within us--that monks can find it even in the midst of great suffering and raging war. but I am not yet enlightened, and so I accept the spiritual and creative inspiration that nature and environment provide.
I wish everyone a sacred place in 2008.