Blessing #27: Meditation on Homecomings

"When it is a place of shelter and love, there is no place like home.  It is then one of the sweetest words in any language.  It suggests a next where intimacy and belonging foster identity and individuality.  In a sense, the notion of home is a continuation of the human body, which is, after all, our original and primary home on earth; it houses the mind, heart, and spirit.  To be, we need to be home.  When a place to belong is assured, the adventure of growth can begin with great promise. 

Home is where the heart is.  It stands for the sure center where individual life is shaped and from where it journeys forth.  What it ultimately intends is that each of its individuals would develop the capacity to be at home in themselves.  This is something that is usually overlooked, but it is a vital requirement in the creativity and integrity of individual personality.  It has to do with the essence of a person, his sense of his own inner ground.  When a person is at home in his life, he always has a clear instinct about the shape of outer situations; even in the midst of confusion he can discern the traces of a path forward.  When one is at home in oneself, one is integrated and enjoys a sense of balance and poise.  In a sense that is exactly what spirituality is: the art of homecoming."