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No Matter How Far You Are From Yourself…

January 13th, 2017

‘Light up the Dark’ by Nelleke Pieters

To feel as if you belong is one of the great triumphs of human existence. And especially, to sustain the life of belonging, and to invite others into that, has always been acknowledged as one of the great achievements.
But it’s interesting to think that our vulnerabilities, our sense of slight woundedness around not belonging, is actually one of our core competencies. That though the crow is just itself and the stone is just itself and the mountain is just itself, and the cloud, and the sky is just itself, we are the one part of creation that knows what it’s like to live in exile. The ability to turn your face towards home is one of the great human endeavors and the great human stories.
No matter how far you are from yourself, no matter how exiled you feel from your contribution to the rest of the world; as a human being all you have to do is enumerate exactly the way you don’t feel at home in the world, say exactly how you don’t belong, and the moment you’ve uttered the exact dimensionality of your exile, you’re already taking the path back to the way – back to the place – you should be. You’re already on your way home.
~ David Whyte
Light Up the Dark by Nelleke Pieters. Check out Nelleke’s beautiful website here.
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One Response to “No Matter How Far You Are From Yourself…”

  1. I am puzzled that this is seen as a solely human experience. I don’t see it as any different from the loss of self an animal feels if in captivity, or lost from tribe. Or a plant uprooted and replanted in conditions where it can’t thrive, and so on.

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