The Peace and Power of "Home"
A physical space and sense of place is a good starting point for making the foundations of home. Making internal foundations within ourselves is important as well, giving us the grounding to be "at home" anywhere and stay rooted and balanced in our own innate power.
There are many quotes about home, like...
"Home is where the heart is"
"There's no place like home"
"Mi casa es su casa"
There is a range of ideas about what home is and our relationship to it, some of which include creating home in a physical space, creating home with loved ones, leaving home, coming home, home as a place, home as a feeling. All of these ideas, thoughts and concepts about home are important as they help us feel connected, grounded and secure. Some of us start out with very strong foundations of home, literally and figuratively, and eventually go out into the world to find and make relationships that expand our roots. Others of us may not start out with a solid home base, but as we go out into the world, we find those of like-mind, build trust, and make relationships that become home for us. However we understand that sense of home for ourselves, it is a vital part of how we function in the world and it is essential that we take care in how we create it.
Our sense of place can be very powerful and creating a physical space to be sheltered, rest well, and nourish ourselves well is extremely important in maintaining our overall well-being. We also need space, sometimes provided to us by others, where we know we can be ourselves completely, not be judged and be accepted. This is a space of "home". We can do a lot with this acceptance from others to mold our surroundings and make our lives strong and sturdy. Beyond that, beyond what we depend on others to give us through their love and friendship, is the place within us that is home. It's the internal base we build when we learn to cultivate self-love, self-acceptance, self-care, self-nurturing, and once we are connected to it we can access it and rely on it as a place from which to create sustainable lives that are not so easily disrupted by external changes.