by Alan Delery

One of the greatest feelings in life is the feeling of belonging. If we were to take the time to observe how it feels in our bodies when we are connected to others, we would likely notice a sense of satisfaction, contentment and joy. It may be difficult to explain, but we might even notice that we feel it in our feet, arms and even our bones.

When we don’t feel connected or a sense of belonging, we can also feel that in our bodies. We may feel sick in our stomach, we may feel tightness in our muscles or notice persistent headaches. Our bodies experience belonging and non-belonging.

Many experience sickness because they have been marginalized or rejected by their family, friends or community.

I pray that you will feel restored to your community.

While I believe that we are to walk by faith and not by sight, I also believe that our bodies are God given tools to let us know when we need to make adjustments in our lives, including our relationships. Our issues and stressors manifest in our bodies.

It has been said that our issues are in our tissues.

There are spiritual, social and emotional tools that many people haven’t been made aware of or trained in that can help restore relationships, bring a sense of connection and even heal our bodies.

From my Christian faith, I can hear Jesus saying, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 28-29

I am thankful that I have experienced His reconciling power. I am also thankful that I have learned some practical skills to help me to be more in tune with my body when my relationships are out of whack. These are indicators that I need to explore insight and understanding for areas in need of restoration.

Developing a mindfulness practice has helped bring awareness and compassion to my life. On Monday nights, I practice with others who are exploring the use of these skills.

Utilizing the space of UpLIft NOLA, settled in Algiers Point, in New Orleans, I invite others to join me in this practice. I believe you can find belonging and understanding that will revive, restore, elevate and inspire you and your relationships.

Go to to learn more.

Keep a lookout for upcoming post about restorative approaches that
can bring healing and connection to your life.

#stay peaceful

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