A Blessing for Belonging – receiving the gift

A sense of belonging is such a powerful instinct.

We know when we are at home or not, whether that’s with people or in place.

Our need to belong resides deep within us and can’t be masked by possessions and identity—or even words when they don’t resonate.


May you listen to your longing to be free.

May the frames of your belonging be generous enough for your dreams.

May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart.

May you find a harmony between your soul and your life.

May the sanctuary of your soul never become haunted.

May you know the eternal longing that lives at the heart of time.

May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.

May you never place walls between the light and yourself.

May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you, mind you and embrace you in belonging.

+ John O’Donohue, from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, Bantam Press, 2007

As someone who spent much of my life somewhere on the outside, I am so grateful to belong to and with several groups of lovely people. And here, in this little valley in South West Wales.

Yet I know we cannot truly experience belonging if we are not at home with ourselves.

What line of blessing will you carry with you this weekend?

Go gently.

Pause. See differently. Re-story…

This week

A few good words

Parker Palmer’s classic little book, ‘Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation’ has recently been reissued in a 25th Anniversary edition. It is a beautiful and honest reflection on coming home, even though the journey may sometimes be dark.

Parker was Mark McCartney’s guest on the ‘What is a good life?’ podcast this week. The conversation is a gentle and open exploration of Parker’s many years, full of honesty, wisdom, and grace. I hope you will find time to listen.