Your body and your heart may be the key to finding your sense of home.
Recently I made the decision to move house. I went from somewhere that was very familiar and comfortable to somewhere that was new and unfamiliar. While I had known deep down for some time that where
I was living no longer felt like home, once I made the actual decision and physically moved, my body’s response confirmed what I already knew.
In the lead-up to my move, I noticed that I no longer felt at ease in my home; even the environment of my bedroom no longer brought me the same sense of comfort and pleasure that I previously welcomed. Yet once
I finally made the move, it struck me how quickly my sense of unease passed and internal ease grew. I felt lighter in my being and experienced an inner knowing that I was now exactly where I needed to be. While the new house I’m now living in still doesn’t quite feel like “home”, I have trust that in time and with intention, soon enough it will.
Finding your home
According to The Idioms dictionary, “home is where the heart is” refers to: a place you feel connected to emotionally, a place you are happy to arrive back at, somewhere you have fond memories of or being near your family and loved ones. So when pondering what home means to you, I encourage you to use your heart rather than your head as a compass for this process.
Whether you’re adjusting to a new home, returning home from a holiday, finally in the comfort of your bed in the evening or opening your front door with relief after a long day, know that your home will be there waiting for you. As captured so accurately in this quote by author Wendy Wunder, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.”
Kaitlin McManus is a clinical psychologist who enjoys supporting people on their paths to healing by helping them to cultivate a more understanding and compassionate relationship with themselves and their struggles.
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