From what I understand, it was first used by the Celts and later Christians to describe certain places where the eternal world comes closer to the Earthly world. Native Americans had a similar idea, as in this Apache proverb: "Wisdom sits in places."
The actual definition seems hard to put in words, and one person's thin place is not necessarily experienced as that by someone else. I think a thin place is unexpected and mysterious, and when you enter it, it changes you and how you think. You experience a connection with God or Spirit or whatever word you use, as well as (for me) with others who used the same space before.
|Glendalough, St. Kevin's Kitchen (photo from the Wikipedia)|
|Ceiling of Canterbury Cathedral|
With the New Year all spread out ahead of me, I've been thinking a lot of where I am going to travel this year. I love planning a trip almost as much as taking the trip! We received a phone call this week about the sudden death of a close relative, and as her husband talked about his grief, he said his only regret was that they had not traveled more while they were more fit and able. It's a good reminder and helped me focus my planning a little differently. Instead of a tour of China, I'm going to be planning some more strenuous travel while I can still do that. I really hope I encounter some new thin places this year!
Thanks for reading my blog. I would love to hear about Thin Places you have experienced.