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Belonging

The Healing of Community

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

So much of our identity is enshrined in our community, so is it any wonder that when we subvert our "true" identity simply to satisfy our thirst for belonging, we sabotage any hope of actual connection?

At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

Needing to Belong and the Joy of Being Different

Ayelet Baron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Imagine, who you could be if you let down the walls. I know too many people who believe they are stuck and cannot leave their prisons. The biggest prisons we have today are not institutions... they are ourselves.

Trends, Individuality and Belonging Part I: 5 Stars and Algorithms

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

It might look like a non-issue for many of you, but for an 11 years old this is a crucial matter: how do I deal with the fact that my personal choice is invalidated by the opinion of the masses?

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

You Are Not Alone

Polly Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

When we actively work to connect and engage with others, we create a sense of belonging for everyone. That is the seed of meaning, peace, and resilience. And you know what? It just makes life more fun.

Do You Belong?

Jurriaan Kamp | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Jurriaan Kamp

Ultimately, what creates purpose is the experience that one is able to make a meaningful contribution to someone else's life. We are social beings and we need each other to find meaning and fulfillment. There's a clear relationship between purpose and connection.

Cross-Cultural Parenting in Japan: Differences in Affection

Sherilyn Siy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Sherilyn Siy

In all the times I have gone to parks, play groups, and children's play centers here in Japan, I have yet to see a Japanese parent kiss and hug their kids. If you understood Japanese, you would probably never hear a Japanese parent say "I love you."

The Self Is Dead -- Long Live the Superself

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the sixth and final post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of self...

What Is Man?

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the fifth post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of selfhood affec...

The Superself: Genome, Menome, and Wenome

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

In this view, our selves are far more extensive than we've been led to believe. They extend beyond our own bodies to include what we think of as other selves and the world. We live in the minds of others, and they in ours.

From a Name to Individuals to Legacies

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

Is it the name that rings dimes, is it the identity of this name that sings chimes, is it the things they have done or not done that does the jives, s...

'Self' Is a Misnomer

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.

Are You A Home For Identities?

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

It is tempting to think of the self as simply a home for the identities we adopt over our lifetime, but on reflection, this, too, falls short. Our self is also the source of the identities that sally forth as our proxies.

Why Everything You Know About Yourself Is Wrong

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

While we all casually refer to our self, no one knows quite what that self is. Nothing is so close at hand yet hard to grasp as selfhood.

A Strange Paradox

Christine Eilvig | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

As our self-support emerges and we begin to love ourselves as we are, we find comfort and peace in just that. We end up longing less and less for the extraordinary, and we find more and more happiness in the ordinary.

Gouges for Freaks (Part 2)

Paul Gordon | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Paul Gordon

Everyone deserves a home. Maybe you find one... but maybe your home finds you.

Finding Home on the Inside With Broke Wide Open

Carol Smaldino | Posted 01.07.2013 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

Rock WILK is a white Jewish hip hop artist whose major external claim to diversity was that he was among the many who are adopted and feel perennially...

We All Have Buddha Nature: Uncover Yours

Tara Brach | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

While all humans feel ashamed of weakness and afraid of rejection, our Western culture is a breeding ground for the kind of shame and self-hatred the Dalai Lama couldn't comprehend.

The Grandeur And Fanfare Of Malta's Good Friday Celebrations

Meg Pier | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Meg Pier

Scanning the faces of the multitude assembled, I saw that their countenances were reverential rather than delighted, and deeply moved more than amused; some had tears in their eyes.

Spirituality in India: Countering the Roots of Corruption

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Spirituality and practices offer a counterweight to corruption and bring ethics and fair practice to government, business, and daily life.

Aging and the Importance of Belonging

Lewis Richmond | Posted 05.21.2012 | Fifty
Lewis Richmond

Human beings of every age need to belong.

A 'Bastard Child' Finds Unexpected Belonging

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's hard to imagine the feelings evoked by knowing your own family doesn't claim you, and that your very existence is at the root of a schism that would never heal.

Virtual Community: Can We Survive It?

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Because we know that we can always get on Facebook, or tweet or text, the very manner in which we are interacting in the physical world has changed. We are less engaged and less committed, less dependent upon this moment of being together for connection and emotional nourishment.

The Child Walking Through Schoolhouse Doors Enters a World

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

The current conversation may be linked to the issue of bullying; however, we should not assume that a positive school climate affects only a defined behavior or set of skills.