The Loss of Belonging: Ten Steps To A New (and Better) Tribe is a well-researched and thought-provoking book. It is organized, relatable, and comes from a genuine heart. It addressed several areas of my life.
The book speaks of the inherent need we all have for a tribe, and how much healthier we are when we live side-by-side with a beloved community. We live in a time when many of us have a vast social network but feel desperately lonely and disconnected. Most of us feel isolated in our struggles. I currently spend most of my days alone, and I was reminded that I genuinely long for community and a tribe of like-minded friends.
I appreciated learning more about mandalas, and the prevailing myth of codependence—all of that was fascinating. I was intrigued by your description of the mandala, and I plan to look into that further and incorporate that into my journaling practice. The book reminded me to live my life’s purpose, to be true to myself, and to be generous with the people I love and appreciate. I also like the balance between different ideologies, philosophies, and psychology.
The author touched on his journey with vulnerability, which I appreciate. He described feeling betrayed by friends, which I think many can relate to. I liked the personal bits, yet it did not come across as memoir. It’s practical, a tool that could be referred to over and over again. I would especially recommend it to those who are contemplative and enjoy self-exploration. For anyone with a willingness to dig deeper, I would certainly suggest reading the book.
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