What does it mean to be at home? A simple sentiment, but one filled with rich metaphorical meaning Home is much more than a shelter which protects you against the elements More profound than a property that stores your possessions It is a refuge not only for the body, but for the spirit Home is where we feel a deep connection, an intense bond, to a sense of place It is where we are nourished by our relationships to our family, community and traditions It embodies our identity, and answers the questions of who we are, and what we live for Home carries the weight of responsibility, It ties us together in reciprocity Joins us in unity, as we act towards a higher purpose How different things would be if we were to cherish the earth as a home for all living beings? To put away our naïve fantasies, venturing to new planets, existing in virtual worlds For everything we need is right in front of us The earth is a gift, Life - a dance, a celebration in gratitude We sing in praise of its beauty and dance in service of the mystery
What does ‘home’ mean for you? Let me know in the comments below
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This article was originally posted on my personal blog A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life – In Search of Inner Freedom
15 thoughts on “Longing for Home”
Thank you, Andrew, for gracing us with this incredibly rich post. I loved this: “We sing in praise of its beauty, and dance in service of the mystery.” 🙏
Glad you enjoyed it Arthur, Merry Christmas 🙂
Thank you, Andrew. Merry Christmas to you, too. 🙏
Wonderful blog post Andrew. Home can mean so many things and for me it is where I was raised, where my ancestral land is , where my parents brought me up, where I feel I belong regardless of whether it looks fancy or not.
This Christmas can mean lots of things and it is a time where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ but most key it is the home that makes home. Thus, there is no place like home- home sweet home
Thank you, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays 🙂
The part that jumped out at me was the unity, and the fact that home embodies our identity and says much about us. Much depth to ponder in the entire verse though. Thank you, Andrew!
Lovely! It reminds me of the old adage, “Home is where the heart is.” Thank you.
Home is created not only experienced, so we aren’t just passive in the experience, but are able to create it wherever we are. This is exciting to think about, isn’t it?! Happy holidays to you and yours!
For me, home means being able to be myself without worrying what someone thinks of me—they already know that I can be a butt.
“Home is where we feel a deep connection, an intense bond, to a sense of place
It is where we are nourished by our relationships to our family, community and traditions
It embodies our identity, and answers the questions of who we are, and what we live for.” Enough to echo my definition of home. Thanks!
Home is just sweet home.
You have given us the words to describe it
Brilliant writing. You really captured the warmth of the “home” and the sense of community with family.