Recognising our need to belong

I’m not sure what triggered it, but I’ve been increasingly aware of the deep need for a sense of belonging.

It’s easy to rationalise or offer simplistic solutions, yet I sense this is something to sit with.

Therefore, John O’Donohue’s For Belonging is an excellent place to start.


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

And the picture? Just because it’s lovely.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿