Week 41: Home and the Past

Embracing the Past

He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind. [The Bible, Proverbs 11:29.] The difficulties of someone’s early life may be insignificant, or they may be severe. Whatever the case, a spiritual master finds a way to embrace the past. If that means loving an abusive parent, then that
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Healing

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. [Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.] Returning home, taking comfort, making peace with and embracing the past all make healing possible.
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Pride


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Reuniting – Reconciling – Reclaiming

Coming home gives us a chance to take another look at people and places we once saw through different eyes.
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Reconsidering

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. [Attributed, perhaps falsely, to Mark Twain.]
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Comfort from Home

Was home a place of solace and comfort? Do thoughts of home comfort us now? This is a state to which we aspire. For some of us, the answer to these questions is yes. Like John Denver, I am a country boy, at least by background, having grown up on
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Home

Home refers to the place, physical and spiritual, where we spent our formative years. For some of us, the experience was a great joy and brings back marvelous feelings and memories; for others, not so much. Making peace with our home of origin is very important. That is our focus
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