Don't Rush Through Thin Places

When I travel, I take my notes into a digital recorder. Then I transcribe them later into a travel journal.  The following is a journal entry from 2007.  I was standing at Cashelkeelty Stone Circle on the Beara Peninsula in Ireland.  I don't remember writing this ... or even thinking this.  But it's advise worth sharing.

Rushing is something one must not do when walking through thin places. It is better to see fewer thin places and not rush, than to see many and jam them into full days. 
The journey is the important thing – not the destination.

It is also best to approach the site without snapping pictures. Feel the site, feel the moment, listen and watch for the signs. Time will stand still. You'll lose track.

When time becomes apparent again, that's when you take pictures... at the end of the journey. That's when you can sense what's important in that particular thin place. Approach each site with a sense of awe trying to feel the thinness and connect with the other world.

I believe that a prayer is much more powerful in a thin place, because in a way we are already closer to God. You don’t have to concentrate or try as hard to PUT yourself in the Divine Presence or the Other world.

You are already there.

Rushing loses all these effects, and isn’t helpful. If I rushed to get back because of the rain or the loss off time, I wouldn’t have seen or felt as much.

The goal is to enter INTO the thin place and experience it… not see from afar or just from the surface.

~Mindie Burgoyne - Cashelkeelty Stone Circle, Beara Peninsula, Ireland, 2-22-2007
Photo - the Beara Road near Ardgroom, taken by Mindie Burgoyne 2007 (c)


  1. Anonymous2:53 PM

    agreed-tips apply to life just as well-kelly

  2. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Is it possible for thin places to appear or open up to you no matter where you are?