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9 Places That Might Help You Find a Little Calm

Desperate times call for deep breaths.

No sooner was 2020 in the rearview that 2021 brought fresh reasons to be on edge. There’s still hope on the horizon, though no one’s blaming you if it will take a while to shake the mental cobwebs of the last year and change.

So here are nine places around the world—from gardens to labyrinths to shrines—where one might be able to take a deep breath, refresh, and find an oasis of calm in a world that just can’t seem to let up.   

Los Angeles, California

Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens

This peaceful garden is hidden on the grounds of a spiritual organization founded by a pioneer yogi, just five minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Castleton, Vermont

Taconic Mountain Ramble Zen Gardens

This magnificent Japanese garden provides a moment of Zen in rural Vermont. The 204-acre property was a labor of love for Carson “Kit” Davidson, a New Yorker who acquired the property in 1966 and designed the garden.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Los Angeles, California

Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

A quiet oasis awaits visitors at this spiritual retreat in the heart of Los Angeles. Visitors will not be bothered and can choose to meditate, read, or simply relax.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Oakland, California

Mazzariello Labyrinth

This large spiral labyrinth in an old quarry is one of many located in the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the hills between Oakland and Orinda.
Sponsored by Lincoln
Buckingham, Virginia

The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS)

The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine is a temple dedicated to interfaith understanding. The building’s unique design and inspiration stem from the vision of Sri Swami Satchidananda, a prominent yogi, and is filled with spiritual symbols.
Sponsored by Lincoln