“The hunger to belong is at the heart of our nature. Cut off from others, we atrophy and turn in on ourselves. The sense of belonging is the natural balance of our lives. Mostly, we do not need to make an issue of belonging. When we belong, we take it for granted. There is some innocent childlike side to the human heart that is always deeply hurt when we are excluded. Belonging suggests warmth, understanding, and embrace. No one was created for isolation. When we become isolated, we are prone to being damaged; our minds lose their flexibility and natural kindness; we become vulnerable to fear and negativity. The sense of belonging keeps you in balance amidst the inner and outer immensities. The ancient and eternal values of human life—truth, unity, goodness, justice, beauty, and love are all statements of true belonging; they are the also the secret intention and dream of human longing.”
– John O’Donohue
I recently began reading blogs from people who practice “paganism”. I’m not quite sure I know what that term covers, but I intend to find out.
There is a resonance here, although I doubt I will end up believing in the “Horned God” or whomever.
Wonder why that is?
I’ve always been into spirituality that was linked to nature somehow – or variants of religion, like Celtic Christianity. So maybe there is an answer there.
I suppose that best way to find out is to walk the path and see where it leads, including to some – I hope – new companions to walk that path with me.
That is not the worst motivation to want to go somewhere.
I have talked in general about entrepreneurship and my webdesign business. I have not really tried to connect in English with other WordPressers out there.
I’m not going to blog about all the technical stuff or guides or anything. And I’m not going to comment much about colleagues’ blogs about that.
But there are other colleagues/competitors who have great blogs of a more general nature about the business and about life and the business.
I’m going to find them.
And connect with them, too.
Perhaps that is what I need to get more of this connection stuff going.
If I ever want people to connect with me and share with me, in depth, how they gain from (or don’t gain from) the material I do – then I have to do the same for other people. There is no way around this.
There’s a very real opportunity, however cliche, to reconnect with our souls on a long commute, by doing nothing in particular but looking out the window and let thoughts fly.
If you don’t believe in Soul then substitute with the term “feelings”. Those are the ones we so often leave un-noticed in the everyday drone and race. We ignore them. Act habitually and frantically, trying to get everything to ‘work out’.
Ignoring if the basis for wanting to work out something in particular has changed; if we feel differently about this or that matter.
We just act automatically, re-actively, habitually. Or at least I do. Maybe you are different?
Well, I didn’t think so.
So there’s the deal: Try looking out the window, next time you commute. Try to do nothing. And just feel what you feel and what comes up.
Maybe when you commute next time it will be to somewhere entirely different.
I’d take a phone call from a friend over an invitation to a big party any time. Especially after a rough time.