Must-Read: Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian
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Have you ever felt lost, broken and weary? I surely did and Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian arrived at precisely the right moment in my life, when I needed it most. As they say, "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." Najwa Zebian's words have the power to heal, inspire and guide you back home.
"Your home belongs nowhere outside of you. Your home is within you. You are the architect. You are the builder. And you are the occupant. You must find yourself. You must see yourself. Hear yourself. Love yourself. You must create safety for yourself."
In Welcome Home: A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul, renowned speaker and author Najwa Zebian provides a powerful and comprehensive guide for healing by building a home within yourself. She explains that “the key to healing is not to look for someone who can fill the void within us; instead we must learn to be our own sanctuary." While this isn't new in and of itself, Zebian's approach to explaining how to accomplish it on your own is truly groundbreaking. Not only can she put into words this very abstract and complex process, she has outdone many writers before her.
" But what many don’t realize is that when you build your home in other people, you give them the power to make you homeless. When those people walk away, those homes walk away with them, and all of a sudden, we feel empty because everything that we had within us, we put into them."
Zebian explains how we often feel empty or abandoned when we attach ourselves to someone or something outside of us (job, institutions, money, hobby, etc). No matter how much they seem like the perfect sanctuary from the world, there will always be circumstances that cause them to be unavailable.
So, how can you build a safe haven within yourself? This is something that will require time and effort, but once you've completed it, you'll never look back. You'll feel whole and confident within yourself, which no one can take away from you. It is the most important inner work you will ever do in your life. In her book, Zebian will guide you lovingly and wholeheartedly through this very delicate process. She leads by example by sharing her life experiences and how she built these rooms within yourself. She is a very inspiring and courageous woman who faced many of her demons.
The first chapter of the book is about the Foundation, which explains how to create a solid base for your inner home. Then, each following chapter proceed to tackle a room in your soul's home: Self-Love, Forgiveness, Compassion, Clarity, Surrender and The Dream Garden. Each area has pillars and themes, as well as rules for what you want that room to represent. Each pillar has questions to assist you in analyzing your own feelings. It sounds daunting but Zebian has the ability to guide you flawlessly through each room.
Here is what you can anticipate from each chapter:
• Self-Love: Discover how to genuinely love yourself and release the fear of being abandoned.
• Forgiveness: Allow yourself time, reflection, and space to accept and let go of hurtful experiences.
• Compassion: Discover the three distinct types of compassion and how to balance openness with boundary setting.
• Clarity: Learn how to tear down the walls you've built around your genuine self.
• Surrender: Learn how to decrease your defensive walls and create space for yourself to feel and process your emotions.
• The Dream Garden: Find out how to nurture your aspirations and create a unique, authentic route.
Zebian is a poet with an exquisite writing style. Each sentence is so beautiful and poetic, full of imagery and metaphors, yet very accessible. This book shows how much effort Zebian put into choosing her words. I felt privileged to read a book written with such care.
The emptiness we feel doesn’t mean we have nothing to give, or that we have nothing within us. It’s just that we built our home in the wrong place.
I highly recommend this book to anyone on a journey of self-discovery. It's definitely a must-read for any woman (any person, really) ready to embrace their vulnerability and learn how to love themselves. If you're looking for a way to get more connected with your soul, then Welcome Home is the perfect place to start that journey!
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