- On September 12, 2019
One of my favorite places so far in Prague has been the Cathedral of St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert at Prague Castle. It’s a half-cloudy day, but the sun at this moment is streaming through the elaborate stained-glass windows (with an interesting ‘beaux-arts’ style window designed by Alphonse Mucha), painting the stone floors and pillars with a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors.
Lovely as that is, what really makes my spirit soar is to look up high above to the vaulted ceilings of this magnificent opulent space.
The architectural marvel of the vaulted ceiling distributes the massive weight of the building to a few stone pillars, allowing the entire structure to reach dizzying heights. With thinner walls, huge elaborate windows can stream in incredible amounts of light.
Whether I’m in one of the grand cathedrals in Europe, the great Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco, or the Taj Mahal in India, the vault structure physically creates increased capacity and strength, and emotionally draws me toward a feeling of lightness, openness, and infinite possibility. Ah, it makes my spirit soar!
Possibility. Openness. Capacity. Strength. This is the result that people who coach with me get.
A feeling of a weight lifted, or more ably handled.
An openness they couldn’t find before, to consider possibilities that at one time seemed beyond their grasp.
And now, an increased capacity for change.
As important, strength to manage through the stress of life.
It’s one reason why I chose the image of a soaring vaulted ceiling as a symbol for my coaching and development company. Not a vault to lock people down. A vault that lifts you up to reach greater heights.
What makes your spirit soar?
What lifts you up to create more capacity, strength, and possibility in your life?
I’m living, playing, and co-working in Prague for the month of September with a group of fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs called Adventurous Life. More notes to come on Prague, leadership, and life.
Photo: JMaliszewski, 2019, Cathedral of St Vitus, St Wenceslas and St Adalbert at Prague Castle, Chechia