It’s Sunday – NY Times day. Having just read an article by Eric Weiner about thin places – in summary, spiritual yet not holy or touristy – made me think about where I am, GPS wise. And spiritual? Maybe. I like to think of it as a place that you can go to and “feel” it. Yes?
So is Disney a thin place? No. Too touristy. Are the beaches around New Smyrna thin? – well, yes, if you can get yourself into a thin frame of mind by walking along the water’s edge while it plays “you’re it!” with your toes.
A thin place, according to Eric Weiner, is not necessarily a holy place. St. Patrick’s Cathedral for instance is not thin. Too many people there just to see the cathedral. Yet in India there are places that tourists know very little about and the places are “thin.” Kind of Zen-like I imagine.
Could one be thin if placed in an airport terminal, like MCO? In a manner of speaking, yes, because you are suspended between earth and air for a period of time. Is this a spiritual suspension? Are you closer to the upper atmospheric spirituality? Can you “feel” it?
Hmmm. Something to think about as a traveler. Where have you been where it has actually been a “thin place?”