One of my favorite books is Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. It’s been one of those books for me where I can open a page and learn a new lesson about “Life.”
I decided that I would choose a random page from the book and my “word” for 2016 would come to me. Sure enough, it did.
I opened to page 285. I had highlighted a couple sentences from a previous read. One sentence was, ” Whatever revivifies balance is what is essential. That is home.”
Home. It struck me. My word for 2016 is Home.
As Dr. Estés writes, “It is right and proper that woman eke out, liberate, take, make, connive to get, assert their right to go home. Home is a sustained mood or sense that allows us to experience feelings not necessarily sustained in the mundane world: wonder, vision, peace, freedom from worry, freedom from demands, freedom from constant clacking. All these treasures from home are meant to be cached in the psyche for later use in the topside world.”
Home is not just the physical place that we go to find a comfy bed and be with family. It is the place of the psyche where we are at rest, where we feel at peace with the world.
As Dr. Estes says, “The vehicles through and by which women reach home are many: music, art, forest, ocean spume, sunrise, solitude. These take us home to a nutritive inner world that has ideas, order, and sustenance all of its own.”
I couldn’t agree more. All of those words, listed above, music, art, forest, ocean spume, sunrise, solitude bring me to home – to my center, they ground me to my home place and help me to feel alive, to feel one with the world, to feel in balance. And that is what I strive for – to be in balance and at peace with the world.
I also love the fact that we have just finished the 1st phase of our home remodel. The last 6 months of 2015 was taken up with finding our new home in Maple Falls and remodeling it and now it is time to focus on not the physical place of home but the mental place of home.
I like that the word home can represent so many different things symbolically. And although I’ve included an image of an actual house with the word HOME in it at the top of this post, it is not the physical sense of a building that I want to focus on but the symbolic use of the word home as in coming home to the self.
I know that my art and painting brings me home. So I plan to do more things that bring me to “home” in 2016. I think a little soul work is a good thing to focus on. As Estes writes, “When you focus with soul-eyes, you will see home in many, many places.” I intend to find more of those places in 2016 and return to my sense of home.
If you like the little house artwork above, go to my Etsy Shop for a digital download of whimsical homes>.
What is your word for 2016?