We're all just walking each other home.- Ram Dass
I have left my own country for 20 years and along the way I have interrogated myself on the meaning of home, belonging and inclusion.
The hardest part before we can arrive home is giving up the illusion of mere fitting in at the expenses of true belonging. Giving up a story we think we are part of, giving up the idea of where the journey is going is the crux.
I went through this giving up so many times; in my twenties when I moved abroad for the first time and started a life in a foreign country I did not even speak the language. It was quite terrifying as a young scientist embarking on this journey of everything new and unfamiliar. During my first year abroad I tried everything to go back to my comforting books, my hometown, my sea, but that new place, I couldn’t call home, didn’t let me go. I have tried for a year to escape from it, despite my choice to go there in the first place. After so many attempts I surrendered to it and relaxed into my own exhaustion.
There I was forced to look deeper into my own definition of home and to start the Conversation - with myself.
Looking back I am glad I failed in my attempt to escape from the escape.
In this vintage video (almost 2 years old) in a free flow I talk of my journey to a home that goes beyond the limits of boarders and nationalities.
As we practice the art of homecoming and learn to understand where nourishment is coming from, eventually we feel at home in every portion of the cycle, even in the beginning where we don’t know where home will be.
Can you feel at home simply knowing you are on your way there?
The asking of the question itself emancipates us into a larger understanding, it opens us to compassion and acceptance for others and ourselves. In this acceptance we find the feeling of true belonging and realise we have always been home.
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