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Nikki DiVirgilio Nikki DiVirgilio writer. mom. soul reporter.

Nikki Di Virgilio is a writer, mom, and wife who's interested in the soul-exploring journey we're all on. She's working on a memoir of her search for home. [www.nikkisacredspace.com]

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I am like Dorothy searching for her home.

The search has brought lessons I would not otherwise have had, and has taken me to places I could have never imagined … from a tiny room in an apartment to a suburban home in a cul-de-sac to a small town in Minnesota to a little yellow rental outside of Los Angeles, which is where I live now.  Gazing out the window at my neighbor’s yard every day I see their Texas wind chime (beer cans attached to a red, white, and blue slab of wood hanging from a tree branch) and I couldn’t feel further away from home.

And yet, finally, amid all of this searching, I am satisfied within the search itself. So often, instead of paying attention within the journey, we focus on the destination. We want the final result. We want security. Safety. Something concrete. Home.

That’s why I want home, a place I can settle into and expand within, like a butterfly. But sometimes we have to do this without the perfect external place. We have to find and make a home within.  As I’ve traveled from home to home, each place has served as sandpaper, rubbing away my rough edges and humbling my steps, taking me deeper within.

During the course of my home-finding journey, I’ve noticed a more authentic self arise. I’ve left security for the unknown. I now prefer risks rather than control. I beg love to enter instead of fear, and I find internal abundance in the midst of external lack and discomfort. My strides are more natural and less conformed. I’ve acquired a faith which makes me sing before the dawn.  And the victim? She disappeared as I owned a way that’s for better or worse. I now witness a grace and comfort within myself, more than any home could provide.

Glinda has arrived to say that I’ve had the power to go home all the while. When I choose to believe her, I go home to the soul, where everything we need resides. We’re all on a soul-guided journey. All the soul asks is that we engage in its journey and become conscious participants. The soul is a place of comfort and solace, like any good home. My search for home is what has brought meaning and depth (and sometimes humor, if I dare to laugh) to my life.

– Nikki Di Virgilio

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