Where do you Belong? (Walking the Earth of your Ancestors, Part 2.)

Entrance rock at newgrange, co. meath, ireland. 

Entrance rock at newgrange, co. meath, ireland. 

As humans, we are wired to belong … to seek those places where we fit. We do this in our families, in our work, in our in-person and online communities. 

In one of my last posts, I shared about reclaiming part of myself in Ireland -- my 21-year-old self who came home early from her trip to Ireland because she was lonely and overwhelmed.

During this trip, however, I felt a deep sense of belonging.

My family and I visited Kilrush, Co. Clare in Ireland, the town where my grandfather was born and raised. My dad wanted to see the homehouse, a slang term for the home of one's parents. As we walked through town, I felt that I belonged there. Later that night, we hosted a dinner with my dad’s first cousins and their families, none of whom I'd met. As we came together, I looked deeply into their faces. And you know what? I saw myself in them. I saw myself as if I was looking in the mirror. Again, I felt that deep sense of belonging. 

On this trip, I also visited several neolithic sites in Ireland: NewgrangeLoughcrew, and the Poulnabrone dolmen. These sites predate the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge ... to about 4000-5000 B.C. Below is a photo of the front rock of the Newgrange site. Look at those spirals carved into the rock! Besides a guess that some of them were passage tombs, very little else is known.
Since I was a teenager, I've been wondering about why we are here on Earth and what we're doing. While at these prehistoric sites ... with this sense of belonging, I wondered if the people who built these sites are my ancestors too. I wondered if  -- in a past lifetime -- I was one of the souls who carved into the stone like the one above at Newgrange. 

To activate your own wondering and sense of belonging, I give you the journal and/or thinking prompts below. If this calls to you, take some time to dive in and notice what you feel in your heart and in your body. 

  • Where do you belong? 
  • Have you looked at other people and seen yourself mirrored back to you?
  • Is there a place or are there places that gives you a deep sense of belonging? 
  • What's that like in your heart and in your body?

I'd love to hear what comes up for you.