While I have been a home-owner in the past, during the last decade and the more distinct unfolding of consciousness I have rented. It has been a transitional time for obvious reasons, but also in things like changing careers and going to grad school.
The latest is a new shift into home ownership. It’s a move out of the city of my birth to a smaller centre in the same region. It’s a move to greater physical and financial well-being and a stronger spiritual community. And it’s a move away from transitional solutions.
A “householder” in the spiritual sense is a path living in the world rather than withdrawing from it. It is growing through experience rather than abstinence. Using monks practices while living in the world puts you in conflict with dharma.
It’s not necessary to own a home to be a “householder” although they are synonymous in certain ways.
What has surprised me though is the degree of shift in the feel of life. A new solidity of place is very grounding.
The actual move begins tomorrow so I’ll be off-line for a couple of days – how long depending on the “last mile” provider. They’re being obnoxious about processing the requested change date. And they wonder why I’m not using them as my Internet provider?
The local tourism site doesn’t mention the number of the awake in my new community. It is a warm, friendly place in any case. 😉
It will be very interesting to see how this matures as I settle in to the new space. One of the things that helped make the choice for this move was the strong feeling of being Home in the new community. Always very curious where life leads you.