I came back to the U.S. three years ago after a total of 16 years abroad. One of the things I miss most – the quiet, yet sonorous cathedrals and chapels. I would duck into every one I came across while walking through Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Prague. Why don’t the churches in the U.S. ever feel holy without people inside? The buildings sometimes are beautiful, but they don’t stir my soul. Standing in the center of this Baptistry and looking at the ceiling would calm me and the meditation/mindfulness would be off the charts! Note to self – next meditation, picture myself in this room with candles. Om.