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Najwa Zebian

A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul

4.7 (566 ratings)
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'Welcome Home' by Najwa Zebian is a poetry collection that explores the themes of love, heartbreak, healing, and the journey to finding oneself. Through her words, Zebian inspires readers to embrace their emotions and learn to love themselves.

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    Before you can be loved by others, you need to learn to love yourself.

    Picture someone you love. It can be a friend, a partner, a family member – anyone you care for deeply. Now imagine them coming to you with a problem. Maybe they have a bad headache, or they’re stressed out at work. Or maybe they’re going through a tough breakup and need someone to talk to. What would you say to them?

    Chances are, you’d do whatever you could to make them feel better. You’d sit them down and find a painkiller for their headache. You’d ask them about their day at work. You’d tell them that it’s going to be alright. You’d do these things because you love them.

    Now imagine that it’s you who’s going through that suffering. Would you be as kind and patient with yourself as with your friend? If your answer is no, then you need to work on the first room in the house: self-love.

    Self-love means being empathetic toward yourself. It's a skill that involves treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you show others rather than defining yourself by the external love you receive or want. Remember, you're here to build a home within yourself.

    Love is a power that's inside of you. When you give your love to someone else, you shouldn't feel empty. The key is to first use it to strengthen yourself; then you’ll have more, even infinite, love to direct outward.

    Self-love means embracing yourself for who you are, but it also exists in your ability to recognize and receive the love around you. Sometimes, like when we’re in chronic pain or caught up in the emotions of others, we forget that there’s love out there for us – and that it’s not selfish to let it in.

    So here’s a simple activity you can practice to help develop your self-love. Every morning, tell yourself, “Today I am going to see proof that I am worthy of love.” Keep this in mind throughout the day, and collect all the affirmations of your worth: a smile, a friendly conversation, a nice text message.

    When you look back on these small acts of love at the end of the day, remember that you’re not trying to define your worth through some external source. Rather, your ability to recognize love in the world around you is already the proof you need. In short, let yourself see love, and you’ll realize you’re worthy of it.

    Once you’ve spent some time meditating on these thoughts in the Self-love room, you can move on to the room of Forgiveness.

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    What is Welcome Home about?

    Welcome Home (2021) uses the metaphor of a house to provide a personalized blueprint for achieving self-worth, belonging, and happiness. Through personal stories, practical advice, and poetry, it lays out tools you can use to build a place where you’re at peace with yourself.

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    Welcome Home (2021) is a thought-provoking book that explores the themes of identity, self-discovery, and finding a sense of belonging. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Through raw and honest storytelling, it offers deep insights into the complexities of the human experience, leaving a lasting impact.
    • With its vulnerability and authenticity, the book resonates with readers on a personal level, creating an emotional connection.
    • By tackling universal topics such as love, loss, and personal growth, it provides a relatable and relishing reading experience that keeps you hooked from start to finish.

    Who should read Welcome Home?

    • Young adults embarking on a journey of self-discovery
    • Lost or directionless individuals who want to take control of their lives
    • Anyone who wants to be stronger, happier, and emotionally healthier

    About the Author

    Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese author, poet, and educator. She moved to Canada to flee the 2006 Lebanon war and has since published several books and poems dealing with displacement, belonging, and identity. Her works include Mind Platter, The Nectar of Pain, and Sparks of Phoenix.

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    The main message of Welcome Home is about finding healing and self-acceptance through vulnerability and self-expression.

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    Welcome Home is a moving and empowering read. It offers profound insights on self-discovery and finding one's place in the world.

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    The author of Welcome Home is Najwa Zebian.

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