Today I stood outside a beautiful cathedral in Lincoln. This colossal place of worship was built in 1088, commissioned by the great William the Conqueror. The intricate carvings and sculptures just overwhelmed my senses. I looked in awe….whilst patiently waiting in the queue to enter this sanctum of prayer. What caught my eye instantaneously were the breath-taking stain glass windows, which portrayed stories from the biblical times.
As I walked through the huge dark-wooded doors, a feeling of peace was felt deep within my heart. My eyes scanned the high ceilings with long medieval chandeliers hanging down elegantly. I could feel the smoothness of the original cobbled stone under my feet. My curiosity attracted me into a tiny side room with diamond shapes of yellow and blue tinted glass which seemed to be a prayer room. I walked inside by naturally bowing my head to enter the low arch of the doorway and sat next to my husband on the old paisley, upholstered chairs along the edge of the cold-stoned walls. The silence was a pleasure because it contrasted the hassle and bustle outside on the High Street.
I sat still and chanted aloud the Sanskrit mantra for peace…Om Asatoma Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritamgamaya, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. This was so apt because the meaning of this mantra is:
From unreal lead me to real
From darkness lead me to light
From death lead me to immortality
Om, peace, peace, peace…
This is a prayer, which I hold very close to my heart, reminds me that everything around me, is my mind’s illusion. What is true is my being, that is my immortal, unaffected soul.
When I took a candle from the wicker basket, lit it with the flame of another, I remembered and prayed for my family and friends near and afar. I smiled to myself because I felt a comforting warmth knowing HE was listening. The peaceful silence in the Cathedral was definitely healing energy.
A beautiful visit indeed.
Keep smiling…remember U make Ur happiness.