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"A powerful work of spirituality and anti-racism." (Publishers Weekly

"If you read one book in 2020, make it this one." (Tricycle

From much-admired meditation expert Sebene Selassie, You Belong is a call to action, exploring our tangled relationship with belonging, connection, and each other

You are not separate. You never were. You never will be.We are not separate from each other. But we don’t always believe it, and we certainly don’t always practice it. In fact, we often practice the opposite - disconnection and domination.  From unconscious bias to “cancel culture”, denial of our inherent interconnection limits our own freedom. 

In You Belong, much-admired meditation expert Sebene Selassie reveals that accepting our belonging is the key to facing the many challenges currently impacting our world. Using ancient philosophy, multidisciplinary research, exquisite storytelling, and razor-sharp wit, Selassie leads us in an exploration of all the ways we separate (and thus suffer) and offers a map back to belonging. To belong is to experience joy in any moment: to feel pleasure, dance in public, accept death, forgive what seems unforgivable, and extend kindness to yourself and others. To belong is also to acknowledge injustice, reckon with history, and face our own shadows. 

Full of practical advice and profound revelations, You Belong makes a winning case for resisting the forces that demand separation and reclaiming the connection - and belonging - that have been ours all along. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Sebene Selassie (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 06-11-21

Too much autobiography and bad assumptions

This autobiography of an angry person can be done by any of us. We all have been slighted - some more than others. To suggest that her plight is worse just because she meditates is wrong. Many supposed facts are not facts, just assumptions on her part.

I was drawn in my her story but bad assessments were too rampant. 80% through I just gave up.

Being a person of any color/age/ethnicity/disability/ wealth category is hard in America - the reality is that 99.99% of Americans are worse off than they were 20 years ago. This is not a racial bias issue, it is a societal issue and political issue. Blaming white people is not a fair assessment of the complex roots of the changes to this nation. Fear and animosity have been part of the world's history. Some people can be biased towards one segment of the population but we are all biased in some way due to some fear as we are driven by our egos most of the time (some studies have said 90% oft the time - wanting more for ourselves.

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I made a connection

Truth be told at first I was bracing myself, thinking this was not for me. but it was not too much farther along I realized it was exactly what I was looking for, a way to feel connected not alienated by the world around me at this time in my life. Some of the most basic and simplistic truths brought this to fruition, like staying in the present, not reverting to my negative Nelly thoughts and self depreciating tendancies, not trying to play things out in my head before things actually play out. My gratitude Sebene. I plan to practice much more.

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An invitation to belonging

After a year of pandemic isolation, I am hungry for connection and You Belong: a Call for Connection offers a generous, bold insistence on our fundamental connection to life and to each other. Taking afternoon walks through the unfolding April spring afternoons with Sebene’s gentle sassiness and wisdom in my ear has been a beautiful tonic as we come to what feels like the promise of a time of reconnecting.

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you probably need to listen to this.

Beautiful book. holds complex ideas with a spacious and inviting ease. wonderful to hear the author share her story and her wisdom.

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WOW

I am mesmerized by this book and author. I’m embarrassed that all I can say is wow, Because she speaks so eloquently. I resonate with her oneness with all our relations and forgive me if I’m wrong but the philosophy of we are no greater than or less than each other, we are one with all our relations. I follow A Corse In Miracles, but have listened and looked into many different authors, spiritual practices, and religions. I am so grateful for her knowledge and wisdom that she shares with us about many different indigenous beliefs, history, and correlations. I am only three hours into this incredible audiobook. I believe I may also purchase a hardcopy because it is so valuable and in-depth. WOW and as Wayne Dyer says. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

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Sebene, I asked and the universe responded

How do I send my deep application, and loving energy to you for all the contribution you have given to the many that have been by your work?

I know I can through mediation, and by sharing with others your powerful book and practicing what you have taught me. You have inspired, and empowered me to belong and to service others.

You are so deeply appreciated 🙏🧘❤️✊

*hug*

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I loved every minute!

I longed to belong and now I do! I can’t thank you enough Sebene. I conspire to help others realize that they too already belong. You have made the most compassionate and believable case for embodiment and mindfulness and woven the threads of life together so beautifully. I was deeply moved throughout and wept at the last sentence. Brilliant!

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Everyone should read this book

Sebene is able to tell her personal stories that are extremely unique but which capture the feelings that we’ve all felt during different times of our lives. Her teachings on the buddhist path, her world travels, her simple, cut to point explanations and all her insight is beautiful, refreshing, relatable, and universal. I’m so grateful for this book, I’ve listen to it more than once and I’ve gifted it to many friends.

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exceptional book

just an amazing book to read, putting in perspective our daily life and how we are so eager to judge.

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Loooved

The performance and content of this book are just what I needed. This is one I will revisit and have already recommended.

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  • 03-03-22

I learned so much

I feel priveledged to have read this as Sebene shares her stories and experience with the world. This book was not written for me, a white cis female, but I felt inspired by the content.

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  • janey
  • 10-25-21

The Best Read You Could Gift Yourself With

I was already pretty keen on Sebane's words and teachings, and her voice too, but this just blew me away with the manner of explaining the simplicity of Belonging. While it could very easily be written in a convaluted way, but Sebane explains how we do already Belong, and always have done. We lost our way thanks to those who've separated Us from the earth we walk on, and the air around Us, by building walls in our minds as well as our lands. Once I'd finished the book, I went straight back Chapter One to enjoy it once again. I've NEVER done that with an audiobook, but this deserved a second hearing. I want to buy this book to give to my pals, my kids and just about anyone I meet - especially those I would be unlikely to get to know otherwise. Thank you so much Sebane, wishing you all the very best of health and Belonging. I figure you can never have too much of those two wishes.

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  • Elizabeth M
  • 04-25-21

Thoughtful and deeply impactful. Five stars!

As a mitra of the London Buddhist Center since November 2020, this book has helped me step on the Path unconditionally with Sebene's generous sharing of her own journey, deeply personal loves, joys, and coping with death in such an uplifting manner!

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  • 10-18-20

Amazing, an invitation to introspection, openness and connection

Thank you for writing this beautiful words and sharing your journey to be, connect an belong. Amazing!