I was reading an essay today written by a “tidying expert” who practiced a dialogue with each home she visited. She picked the habit up from visiting Shinto shrines in Japan. When she enters a new home, she greets it and introduces herself by name, address and occupation. She asks the home for help in creating a space that will make the people in it happy. Then she thanks it and does a bow. This is all done silently in front of her clients. She goes on and talks about how anyone can greet their home every day, to talk to it and thank it for providing warmth and shelter. And how this creates an environment of calm and gratitude. I haven’t really thought about places speaking back to me, but it does create an awareness about space. Home really is sacred. We don’t think much about it. But I do know we spend our whole lives trying to find it.