Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Thin Places

by Peggy Ryden, Becketwood Member

One never knows where a conversation may lead at Becketwood. Recently, at a Monday Martini Salon (Happy Hour) in the Solarium, a meandering conversation led to a discussion about spirituality and where one might experience it. I mentioned the concept of "thin places"— where the boundaries of heaven and earth come closer. It's a fascinating concept that I ran across years ago in a New York Times article. In the article, one definition of thin places read: “heaven and earth, the Celtic saying goes, are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter.”

Several stories shared by the group, which I'll refer to as non-traditional spiritual experiences or possible thin places, included: sunsets at White Sands National Monument, beaches by San Francisco, and a small gathering of people participating in a church service on the rocks of Lake Superior.

If you're curious about how to increase your awareness of the concept of thin places, you may read the New York Times article by Eric Weiner here.

P.S. The Monday Martini Salon (Happy Hour) is a Member gathering of eclectic people and conversation— drop by from 4:30-5:30 pm and see where the conversation leads!

Acadia National Park, Maine




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  • joynelson April 4, 2019, 11:22 pm

    A very ancient religious community on the island of Iona , off Scotland, is considered to be at thin place. we journeyed there with a church group.

  • carol bechtel April 5, 2019, 1:09 am

    Both Iona and Findhorn in Scotland are reputed to be ‘thinner.” I can’t attest to that–it may be that I wasn’t in either place long enough– but can say that they are beautiful and fascinating.

    • Peggy Ryden April 5, 2019, 12:13 pm

      Travel often puts us in a different frame of mind and an open perspective; I notice thin places more in travel too. I work on finding ones closer to home but there’s an awful lot of visual clutter to distract!