A House is not reducible to a street address or the physical dimensions of its “footprint.”
And though you can certainly describe a House by its outer appearance, the fact of the matter is that Houses are primarily, essentially, lived-in spaces.
Regardless of size, appearance or locale life is experienced within their four walls. We are raised (and interact) with members of our family within their confines. They are the internal (and internalized) spaces and places in which we grow, learn and come to maturity.
Which is why the House is never a neutral space.
Its front door stands as the actual and metaphorical boundary between our “inner” and “outer” worlds as the threshold between private and public spaces. What’s more, our memories with respect to the place(s) we were “Housed” are always emotionally loaded, based on our remembrances of growing up within their defined (and sometimes confined) spaces.
All of which highlights what the House has come to remind you… that life is primarily lived with others within the spaces which we call Home. To what extent do you feel comfortable, safe, nurtured or free to be yourself within their sheltered spaces far from the public eye?
Our Homes reinforce our sense of identity while, at the same time, serving as a reflection of our “inner” values. And though the primary function of any House is to provide shelter, it’s important to keep in mind that openness to new situations or opportunities is key, lest the House become our prison or tomb.
“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”
~ Stephanie Perkins
Some questions to guide your meditation:
- Where do you feel most “at home?”
- To what extent is moving outside of your comfort zone a challenge?
- Do you find it challenging to open up to new people, situations or opportunities?
- Is something or someone from your past (or childhood) coming up for reevaluation?
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