As lockdown around the world begins to lift, remembering that wherever you are physically, your home is inside of you.
All of us have experienced moments of "coming home", feeling relaxed, grounded and peaceful. These moments can arise in nature or in the depths of an activity we enjoy, alone or together with people we love. They show us that we are exactly where we are supposed to be in that very moment.
According to some, we arrive in this world complete, but as we move through life we begin to energetically discard parts of ourselves. Sometimes by choice, sometimes to survive. We may unknowingly discard parts of our personality that we perceive to be unacceptable (anger, desires, or emotions that we were once criticised for). It is said that during traumatic experiences pieces of our soul leave in order for us to survive the event.
If you’ve ever wondered whether a place called home even exists, it does, it is your soul. The homesick feeling you sense, actually belongs to the discarded pieces of your soul calling out to you to be found and welcomed back. Our job, therefore, is to gather those scattered pieces and invite them back in. One dictionary, definition for home is, ‘where we flourish, and where we originate from.’
Just to have the awareness of being unsettled and the desire to feel whole is enough to alert your inner voice to guide you. It then becomes a personal journey of self-discovery and reflection, of gathering these lost pieces back home. Looking for insights into the habits that may be keeping you tense and conflicted, and what life might look like if you can recognise these habits and let them go. Venturing into the wilderness of your uncharted self, towards opening your heart, into alignment with your truest self. Working with your untapped potential for better health, and happiness, to reap the benefits of mindful movement and meditation. Coming home to yourself!
Making a nest:
The practice of “making a nest” is a practice that calls in the parts of yourself (that have been discarded along your life journey) and letting them know it is safe to return.
To begin, create a small safe place in your home that feels inviting.
Then, like a bird, begin to gather things to make a small nest. You could gather small sticks, feathers, stones, shells, crystals or paper, choose whatever feels inviting and nurturing to you. Your nest can look however you want it to look. The centre of your nest can remain empty (allowing room for whatever would like to come back to you) or you can place a symbol (like a stone) in there.
Your nest becomes an act of great self-care. Every day spend some time with your nest, allow your thoughts to flow, maybe speak them out loud. Perhaps you will feel inspired to add new things to your nest, clean it, move it, or re-do it entirely.
As your sense of care and love for this small symbol of your soul grows, notice how parts of yourself you had forgotten arise in your awareness now, feeling safe enough to come back home.
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
Happy Nest building 🍃🌼🌿 and, as always, thank you for all your support with our Yogacell Community 🙏.