Last month we suggested that, instead of Occupying Wall Street or Hong Kong, we focus on occupying ourselves. What does “Occupy Yourself” mean? It means to live inside your own body, to live in your heart. To connect with others from the heart, and to listen to what your own Internal Guidance System is saying.
Ten years ago, I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I had moved from California to study Ayurveda. I thought it wouldn’t matter where I was living as long as I was learning something new.
California was my Home. From my Midwestern childhood I had dreamed of California. It was like the Emerald City in “The Wizard of Oz”. California was Over the Rainbow for me. When I was given a scholarship to go there to college, it was the fulfillment of a dream.
But, like many people, I didn’t fully appreciate my home. I wanted to roam, and studying Ayurveda in New Mexico gave me an opportunity. So I settled down in a foreign country for seven years.
Even though I had a house and friends in New Mexico my heart still yearned for California. which was always pulling me to come back. How happy I was when I finally listened to my heart’s longing and returned to California! I could at last put down my anchor after a long self-exile. I was Home.
Your home may or may not be where you were born or grew up. But there is a place where you feel you belong. It loves you as much as you love it. That is Home. You can cast your anchor and learn to Occupy Yourself there.
It matters where you live. Find your true home and stay there.
Last month, I gave you meditation as one way to learn how to Occupy Yourself. This month I am giving you another way, Live in your true Home.
If you would like some help to figure out either way, I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary getting-to-know each other conversation.