to dwell, to abide, to inhabit…a shell, a home, a soul…

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home & beauty are a powerful mix….a ruminating environment….we forget how we come back to ourselves here….your intimate spaces can rejuvenate like no other…like your own wilderness…like your own spiraled shell….

we redefine our need for beauty….expressing it in our lives, our decor, our art….

yet…..only when we are open to experience in our space can we perceive its deepest revelations…

this comes with contemplation & I’m sure we ebb & flow with imaginative reverie, but our harried lives leave little room for extended daydreaming…

When appreciation of beauty extends in time & gains in substance, we have contemplation…..which means not going anywhere…not being under pressure, not having to do anything, not being distracted or pursued by anyone. Undisturbed & quiet. With a complete lack of purpose. You are absorbed, you pay attention without effort. Perhaps a sense of sacredness pervades you. This beauty we perceive is not beauty alone. It takes us back to the indescribable beauty that is within us….our true, timeless Self, the Atman…showing us who we are, who we have forgotten….who we have always been….Pierro Ferrucci

the power of our shells…

regardless of the non-existent flow of hours available, we can be truly grateful for our nests, our shells, our homes….our havens to dream, to cocoon, to re-humanize…

To dwell is to live in a place, to remain in it. When we really inhabit our homes we gain a sense of time, & are then more able to know where we are, who we are, & how we might grow. The structures we live in are full of symbols, abundant archetypes. To deeply sense their spirit, we need to tarry. We need to abide & to settle. Our homes are enclosures that breathe. Dwelling in them we bring our spirit to the spirit of the place. Could we daily be aware that much like wood is brought to a fire, we must bring ourselves to our homes for them to be vibrant & alive? It is there that we live our true lives….Gunilla Norris

living like we mean it…

5 thoughts on “to dwell, to abide, to inhabit…a shell, a home, a soul…

  1. The past 12 months have offered me time and participation to consider home, what it means, what brings me home, what is essential in my home. I have been working on and preparing to buy a Habitat for Humanity home. The process has been amazing. The wall raising included the opportunity to write messages and intentions on the frame. My house is framed with wishes and words that will surround me. The volunteers have created a sense of community that has been beyond my imagination. The safety that has been expressed in the process has been humbling!!

    • Wow! I’m thrilled for you….Consider my well wishes sent from cyberspace….would love to hear all about it as the house moves forward & up. Would also love to hear about your process as you move from house to home. Thanks so much for sharing….this is really special…

  2. I have a book I cherish called ‘Dwelling’ by ‘River’ Making and living in your own space. It was published in 1977 by Anchor Books. If you could ever find it. After reading this post I know you would enjoy reading it. It is a collection of stories from a time (the 70’s) when people were starting to find their way back home – to the earth. I think that is why I am so drawn to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright …. Great post ! Thanks for reminding me about home

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