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How To Create Belonging With Place

How To Create Belonging With Place

Have you ever felt that you didn’t belong to the place in which you live? In our modern way of living, it can be challenging to find generations of people who still live in the place they were born to. We move frequently, often the impetus is in search of resources, a better job, an education, or a curiosity to seek out and experience adventure. For many across the world, leaving home is not by choice. Throughout our human history people have been forced off of the land which they intimately tended, the land that is a part of who they are.

How do you we stay rooted and connected to place when we feel displaced from the intimate relationships we have forged with the lands who knew us as kin? And what if you never had an intentional relationship with the land? Is it possible to begin now? I believe we can, and that we must if we are to heal the grief that belies our increasing disregard for land and place.