For me a sense of home evokes feelings of being loved and accepted for who I am; feeling safe within myself and inside of my relationships. Being held when I need to be. Feeling comfortable in my own skin.
Also, a tapestry of experiences emerge, such as:
sensing the soothing and pleasant taste of hot jasmine green tea
going for walk in a park that knows my footsteps
being with people who I feel at ease with
reading books I love
deeply listening to people
moments of “enlightment” when I am being bathed in the light
After I wrote these experiences on paper, I realized that in all them, an underlying state is present and that is COMFORT. When I looked up the word “comfort” in a dictionary, I found this:
a sense of physical or psychological ease, often characterized as a lack of hardship; a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.
A wonderful state to be in, ha?
And it doesn’t mean that I want to feel comfortable all the time. I believe that a healthy doze of discomfort is also necessary in our lives, so we can continue to explore, evolve and move toward a fuller expression of who we are as human and divine beings.
The way I experience this in my life is kind of a balance between comfort and discomfort, a combination of feeling like I arrived and feeling into the unfolding of a new beginning that beckons me.
Also, when I contemplated the factors that contributed to me experiencing a greater sense of home, I noticed these 5 Being States:
- Being in supportive and nourishing relationships with friends and family
- Being connected to my purpose and calling in life
- Being a part of a community that shares my values and vision for humanity
- Being in nature
- Being in my body
I’ll elaborate on these 5 topics in an upcoming article. I am curious to hear from you as well. What contributes to you feeling more at home within yourself and in the world? What does connection mean to you? What is home for you?