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A Meditation: "Belonging to Ourselves"

Updated: Jul 10, 2022

MNPC’s Summer Retreat: The Quest for True Belonging

Rita Devi Mitra: ‘Belonging to Ourselves’ ‘True Belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; It requires you to BE who you are’ (Brene Brown)

Namaste. I was recently invited to participate in the Summer Retreat 22 hosted by the Mindfulness Network for People of Colour (MNPC) and to lead a small group in a mindfulness practice.

For some time, I have been exploring what true Belonging really means for me as I have rarely felt that I belonged anywhere. I have come to realise now, however, that it’s about belonging to myself first and being who I truly am.

Through this meditation practice, I wanted to share my insights within this community of colour people who, like me, often feel we do not belong. Get comfortable. Join me.

At the end of the meditation, I share a poem by Rumi with the hope that you find your way:

I Belong to the Beloved Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body nor soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.


Being Brave, Speaking Truth, and Finding Me ⁠— Brene Brown Podcast with Viola Davis

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captain brewster
captain brewster
Jul 15, 2022

It’s such a divine gift that Rita has to guide us to our own sense of belonging. Her skillful means coupled with a deep spiritual presence radiate through out this offering. I am so Grateful for her true calling to be of service to love. Great gratitudes for Rita’s expression of truth and healing.

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