This weekend in New York marks the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. It is an opportunity for visitors and residents to learn more about the architecture and art embodied in some of the cities religious institutions.
During my own travels I was fortunate to have visited many different places of worship – synagogues, churches, monasteries and temples across a broad spectrum of different faiths.
While the religious message may have varied, there was a commonality shared which emphasized the importance of finding a holy space, or structure where you took the time to pray and meditate, getting closer to god or a higher spiritual presence.
Some people believe that the congregation of energy within a structure can be conducive to one’s spiritual practice – the communion of people helping to bridge a gap to the Divine. I’ve felt an energy, almost tangible at certain points in my life, not necessarily limited to my experience inside a place of worship, but also in nature.
While some of the buildings I visited may reside in more exotic countries, it’s not every day that you get a chance to learn more and experience a little bit of culture on your doorstep. 168 sites (and counting) have decided to open their doors this weekend so I anticipate I’ll be snapping quite a few photos.
To see the results, you can find me on Instagram. Alternatively, I’m reachable on Twitter. I’ll also be using the Livestream on my Facebook too, if others would like to connect and keep updated in real-time.