I am currently away, staying with relatives in the middle of the beautiful countryside. The scenery here is stunning and it’s easy to relax amongst horses, dogs and a token cat. Out of my normal routine I have lots of time to meditate and contemplate. I feel at peace here but know it is only a temporary visit. This is not where I belong but where is?
I sold my house earlier this year. After 20 years of being on the property ladder it is quite a strange feeling not to ‘own’ (aka owing the bank a huge sum of money) anything.
On one hand it is quite liberating to have no real ties, no commitment and to be free to go wherever I choose. On the other it can be really unsettling. As a mother I want a safe nest for my children who need some stability.
The best thing I can show them in life is that the biggest foundation, the only foundation, for building a true home is love. Releasing attachment to possessions can be one of the hardest lessons to learn, but once you understand, really understand with your heart, you can start to release the need for the ‘stuff’.
Without craving the next thing or letting what you own define who you are, you naturally start to practice gratitude for all the small, organic things surrounding you. This feeling then easily makes the transition into love, which, after all, is all you need.
I hope my children can make their transition into adulthood secure in the knowledge that although circumstances change, ‘things’ are just temporary, happiness, real happiness can only every come from within.
Then I will be happy to watch them fly off into the world knowing that wherever they settle they will always have a ‘home’ straight from the heart.
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