September is a month of transition for many of us. Children return to school, and home and work schedules must often shift to accommodate our changing lives. The weather is changing too and brings with it a changing landscape. The beautiful colors of Autumn arrive with a spectacular palette of reds, yellows, oranges, and brown as the natural world transforms for our delight.
Sometimes changes are regulated by the seasons, earlier decisions, and commitments. Sometimes shifts are the result of a deep desire for change. However, at other times, abrupt changes and challenges meet us head-on or sneak up from behind. We haven’t asked for them or their consequences. In all cases, I find myself asking the critical questions “What is possible?” AND “What else is possible?”
When change is here and we are called to shift our lives from one place to another, or from one way of being in the world to another, we must respond. Can we open our hearts, minds, and bodies to another perspective and an inner “knowing?” Can we respond generously and openly to the questions that inevitably arise when we go deeper?
My sense of hearth and home have grounded me through many changes and challenges. I often felt untethered and lost when circumstances required moves, new cities, new homes. My strength only came back by pouring myself into cultivating a sense of hearth and home in each new space. I knew this was complete by my ability to relax, let go, and sleep deeply.
Over time, however, with all the moving and remaking of “home” that was required, I began to ask myself the important question of whether this idea and feeling of “home” required a physical location. It was in the middle of this questioning that I came across a beautiful piece by John O’Donohue who offered that “home” can be a matter of knowing intimately our interiority.
And so, I’ve learned through much contemplation and through many transitions that my home is where I am, and nowhere else. I’ve learned to find my sense of home within myself. Yes, there are times when I grow nostalgic and when beautiful and tender memories of my life and my children’s lives come anchored to physical spaces. Yet, the physical spaces also held a living, loving spirit to them, and this spirit travels with us wherever we go. It’s palpable. It lives and breathes within us.
Life doesn’t stand still
The human fabric of our lives is continuously changing and moving. The Weaver is always weaving. The colors and textures of our life’s fabric are changing with each experience of living. Can we see the beauty in this process?
Can we ask the bigger question, what else is possible?
May we find our beautiful, sanctuary-home within us and carry a sense of home with us wherever we go, so that no matter where our journey leads us, we will always find we are home.
Connect with Jo Ann Wenner on The Wellness Universe and walk away feeling better!
 From Anam Cara, 1996, by John O’Donohue, an Irish poet, writer, and philosopher.
All information, content, and material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. The information supplied through or on this page, or by any representative or agent of The Wellness Universe, is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. Health-related information provided through this website is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices or other remedies. The Wellness Universe reserves the right to remove, edit, move or close any content item for any reason, including, but not limited to, comments that are in violation of the laws and regulations formed pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. None of the posts and articles on The Wellness Universe page may be reprinted without express written permission.
An Amazon #1 Best Seller! The Wellness Universe Guide to Complete Self-Care 25 Tools to Achieve Anything is the book that just might change everything for you. It’s like having 25 expert coaches rolled into one, each teaching you a practice or tool to help you achieve your goals. You’ll find techniques for mind, body, spirit, and soul. You’ll enjoy a multitude of topics and modalities that will assist with better sleep, spiritual magnificence, mindset mastery, enhanced intuition, balanced nutrition, and peak performance in every area of your life.
Both e-Book & Paperback are available.
The Wellness Universe Complete Self-Care Notes & Companion Journals are here to support your self-care journey!
Enjoy a complimentary notes journal for each book The Wellness Universe has published. All books are available on Amazon in our Self-Care series.
The Wellness Universe invites you to SoulTreat Wellness Retreat for Mind, Body, and Spirit. Imagine yourself and your friends in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for self-care workshops, talks, and one-on-one experiences with wellness experts from around the globe this October.
Release what no longer serves you. Reset your mind, body, and soul.