The Alabaster Prayer House at Bethel Redding, and surrounding gardens are quiet and peaceful places to be in contemplative prayer and soaking. It is open 24 hours a day throughout the year for people to encounter the presence of God.
I have a love of contemplative spaces. In nature, and in cities. I have used and created contemplative spaces and chapels in Airports, Hospitals, forests, parks, beaches, clifftops, mountains, anywhere they spring up, they are there to enjoy, to soak in.
Meditation, contemplation, prayer, silent sitting. Fully engaged with the world, in silence.
What is Zen for me, is Advaita for another, Buddhist for another, Hindu for another, Christian for another. For one, it is worship, for another, prayer, contemplation, meditation, silent sitting, immersing in what is.
Whatever we try to name this that all religions are pointing us to, it is beyond names. It is simply omnipresent.
A forest can be our cathedral. A park bench can be our sanctuary.
We can explore inner space anywhere.