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Welcome to Integral@Home.  This site is devoted to the concept of home from an integral perspective.  Let’s unpack that a little…

Home is an incredibly rich and fascinating topic.  We have a sense of home in the womb, even before we’re born, and we continue to create home throughout our lives in many ways and on many dimensions.  For example, home is subjective – it mirrors our sense of self; home is intersubjective – it is nested in relationship; and home is objective – it is the tangible place and space we occupy.  Home can be as small as a room and as large as the world or universe.  It can include the past, present and future in its breadth, and be as deep as time itself.

So the question becomes how to frame this richness in a way that reveals its many layers and facets.  Looking at home from an integral perspective invites us to inquire into both the complexity and depth of home, to include all viewpoints as true but partial stories of home, to examine which viewpoints are more meaningful to us than others, and to shape our intentions, behaviours and contributions accordingly.

At least, that’s a beginning…  The intention is to explore the topic of home here in its many guises through a series of reflections, perspectives and inquiries.  It is also an invitation to you to participate, to comment and to tell your stories of home, to enrich our understanding and perspectives through your own experience.  We welcome your views.

One Response to About

  1. Sue says:

    I just finished reading a book called, ” Things I’ve Been Silent about: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter” written by an Iranian woman called Azar Nafisi. Nafisi also wrote ” Reading Lolita in Tehran”, an excellent book which gives us a glimpse of women’s lives in revolutionary Iran.The quote below is taken from the the last paragraph of “Things I’ve Been Silent About” . I included this as I was struck by how she intertwined the themes of story and home throughout the book..This is obviously not a new connection and others have written about both of these themes, , however I found this quote to be particularly poetic and poignant.

    ” After the Islamic Revolution I came to realize the fragility of our mundane existence, the ease with which all that you call home, all that gives you an identity, a sense of self and belonging, can be taken away from you. I learned that what my father had given me through his stories was a way to make a home for myself that was not dependent on geography or nationality or anything that other people can take away from me. These stories could not guard me against the pain I felt at my parents’ loss; they did not offer consolation or closure. It was only after their deaths that I came to realize that they each in their own way had given me a portable home that safe guards memory and is a constant resistance against the tyranny of man and of time.”

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