A House is so much more than just 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, condition or location life is experienced within their four walls. You were raised (and interacted) with members of your family within their confines. Houses comprise the internal (and internalized) spaces and places in which you grew, learned and came to maturity.
Which is why the House is never a neutral space.
Your memories with respect to the place(s) you were “Housed” are always emotionally loaded, based on your remembrances of growing up within their defined (and sometimes confining) spaces.
What’s more, its front door stands as the actual and metaphorical boundary between your “inner” and “outer” worlds as the threshold between private and public spaces.
All of which highlights what the House has come to remind you… that life is primarily lived with others within an intimate space called home.
Ask yourself, to what extent do you feel safe, comfortable, nurtured or free to be yourself within those sheltered spaces far from the public eye? Your House reinforces your sense of identity while, at the same time, serving as a reflection of your “inner” values.
And though the primary function of any House is to provide shelter, it’s important to open up the windows from time to time to let in fresh air. Staying open to new possibilities, situations or people to share your life with is healthy and necessary, lest your home become stale, stagnant and little more than your tomb or prison.
“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 difficult 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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