Have you ever had to work really hard to be accepted? Maybe by a peer group, or family members? Always changing and conforming to fit in with their likes and dislikes and their comfort zones. Have you ever completely changed who you are to feel like you belong?
The need to belong is a natural human yearning. It is intrinsic to our nature to want to be accepted into the fold and be a part of something. We humans will go to great lengths to belong to a group of other humans. Our need for connection is strong. The most strange and wonderful truth about belonging is that it has nothing to do with others, and everything to do with you.
Nope, it’s not about changing yourself, it’s not about conforming, it’s not about people pleasing. The key to true belonging is self-acceptance. To belong does not mean to change who you are to fit in, to belong is to understand who you are, and to be proud of it, connected to it. True belonging means being accepted for who you are, quirks and all, even if that means standing alone. You are your deepest connection to your sense of belonging. You belong when you are comfortable in your own skin.
At Take Five Meditation we know that self-acceptance grows as our meditation practice grows. Meditation is an important ingredient to create a deep sense of self and belonging. We love to watch our community connect through a healthy sense of belonging, not because we have to change who we are, but because we belong just as we are, without judgments.
With Unapologetic Quirkiness,
Tara
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