This week we’re thinking about being and belonging. Dominique Samari, lawyer and speaker, offers the following on belonging:
One of our deepest human needs is a feeling of belonging. We experience belonging from the moment we're born into a family and as we learn about ourselves within the context of our communities. Throughout our lives, relationships with others give us a sense of belonging, but these external relationships alone do not define our experience of true belonging.
Sometimes, we walk through life disconnected from our internal self, unintentionally hiding parts of our personality, thoughts, or feelings, in order to feel like we belong. However, by hiding ourselves, we cannot really be seen by others.
When we get to know ourselves and become aware of our identities, we then establish a genuine sense of being, and tune into what is truly important to us. When the situation calls, we can stand firmly and confidently in our beliefs because true belonging requires that we share our authentic selves with others. From this internal space, we can develop deeper connections with those around us.
Whenever our sense of being seems distant, mindfulness can help align us back with our ourself. Who knows — we might just learn something new about ourselves along the way :)
We'd love to hear from you!
How do you strengthen your relationship with yourself? How do you strengthen your relationship with others? What does true belonging mean to you?
📖 Deepen Your Connections and Sense of Belonging (5 mins): In a world full of technology and endless distractions, Elaine Smooker shares how mindfulness can help increase a sense of belonging in our communities.
🎧 Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart (51 mins): In this episode of the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett, Brene Brown talks about the necessity of vulnerability in order to increase our capacity for belonging.
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