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Anam Cara, Home, and Beauty as Antidote

“You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with Anam Cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place:... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: We Cannot Live in a …

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use... Continue Reading →

Love, Belonging, Home, and Presence – John O’Donohue

There's a Fiery Phoenix (and Phoenixing update) musing brewing -- stay tuned. The recent and current 'energy weather' is fiery, and as we know (yawn), that always amps up the Hissy Fit, Tantrum Yoga & Psychic Spew potential. On a... Continue Reading →

Grief: Ancestral Ghosts and Spirits of Place

When we think of grief ... or well, when we think of much of anything ... we might not consider the grief that we inherit along our ancestral lines, that's in our cells and bones. Nor might we consider what... Continue Reading →

Cultivating Home, Tending Our Roots

It's always a fine time to muse on the notions (and experiences) of Home and the related themes of exile, displacement, hearth-tending, and growing new roots. That said, there is a particular  emphasis right about now, given the very earthy,... Continue Reading →

Home and Exile: Uprooted and Growing New Roots – May Sarton

Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011.
Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011.

Since I’m in the midst of ‘moving house’ as some of my friends say, and thus only marginally ‘plugged in’ for another week or so, it seemed appropriate to share this Sophia’s Children post from a year ago.

Musings on ‘home and exile‘ include a few of my favorite insights from May Sarton and John O’Donohue, though they also connect in to the long tendrils and whispers of ancestral memory and voices, too.

You’ll see related posts and inspirations just below, too, if you want to follow this thread of reflection to see where it leads you (and what it evokes from within).

While I’m ‘shifting roots’ and moving into my new flat, I’m wishing you the blessings and inspirations of your own deep-rootedness, and also the heart-yearnings that sometimes lead us into new growing grounds!.

Big Love,
Jamie

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Hero Awaiting the Return of Leander, 1885, by Evelyn De Morgan. Hero Awaiting the Return of Leander, 1885, by Evelyn De Morgan.

“I too have known the inward disturbance of exile,

The great peril of being at home nowhere,

The dispersed center, the dividing love;

Not here, nor there …”

– May Sarton, From All Our Journeys

In Plant Dreaming Deep, Sarton writes that, despite teaching at various American universities and living in university town, she still didn’t feel rooted where she was.

“What I meant by “life” was still rooted in Europe,” she writes. “During those years I went back whenever I could to the strong ties in England, France, Belgium, and Switzerland. I had not yet cut the umbilical cord.”

Then she asks the essential questions:

“And how long would the life in me stay alive if it did not find new roots?”

“If ‘home’ can be anywhere, how is one to look for it, where is one to find it?”

Ariadne in Naxos, 1877, by Evelyn Pickering De Morgan. (Images courtesy of Wiki-Commons) Ariadne…

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Home and the Radar of Your Heart

We learn and hear a lot of cliches about home - what it means, where it is, how we find it, when do we feel at home and when do we feel displaced, unmoored; what we do if our sense... Continue Reading →

Home and Exile: Uprooted and Growing New Roots – May Sarton

“I too have known the inward disturbance of exile, The great peril of being at home nowhere, The dispersed center, the dividing love; Not here, nor there ..." – May Sarton, From All Our Journeys In Plant Dreaming Deep, Sarton... Continue Reading →

Wild Geese: Your Place in the Family of Things

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- over and over announcing your place in the family of things." ~ From "Wild Geese"... Continue Reading →

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