While walking around Manhattan I stumble upon many open churches. They are always interesting to check out, but rarely do I remember which ones I have visited, such as the one in the image today. I used to feel very uncomfortable entering these sacred spaces, because I don’t follow any particular religion, so I always felt like an outsider. But in the past few years I have opened to the idea that faith is not found inside four walls. It’s found through contemplative practices that help us connect to an infinite and timeless part of ourselves that we rarely acknowledge or come to know.
Now when I enter churches I am no longer uncomfortable or feel like a stranger. I always take the time to sit and meditate, pray, and talk with whoever might approach me. Of course I also take the opportunity to grab a few shots, because most churches have beautiful stain-glassed windows with light pouring through them that just beckon to be photographed!