CHANGING THE WAY WE RELATE: MAKING OVER OUR COMMUNITIES

It is dishonest to enter the community with the idea that you are going to change or fix things. A relationship, in the truest sense of the word, means relating to another. Usually when we say that we relate to someone, it is because we’ve found common ground. But part of relating is finding ways…

CO-HABITUATING WITH OTHERS…SHARING OUR COMMUNITY

When we co-habituate with others, it is important to make the effort to share the space in a way that supports everyone. Our communities are our havens. These places where we come to rest, recharge, and dream in safety and comfort allow us to better face the challenges of the world outside. When sharing a…

OPENING THAT CLOSED CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITY

If you feel abandoned or cut off from the community, know that it is always there for you waiting for you to plug back in. There may be times when we feel like our connection to the community is closed. Maybe things don’t seem to be going well in our day, or our lives, or…

SURROUNDING THE COMMUNITY WITH PROTECTIVE LIGHT

There are times when we may know of someone who is in great need and wants help, but we may feel at a loss about how best to help them. It is at such times that we can ask for help in surrounding them with support and protection, just like the pioneers once circled their…

CELEBRATING THE IN-BETWEEN TIMES…THE JOYS OF BEING IN THE COMMUNITY

Real life most often happens during the in-between times, when we are not celebrating a special occasion. While celebrations are intended to honor life’s more momentous occasions, much of real life tends to happen during the in-between times. While moving from one moment in time to the next is seldom considered a significant occurrence, it…

WHEN OUR WORLD FALLS APART (CLINGING TO OUR COMMUNITIES)

When external factors shift, we have an opportunity to rediscover our core, the only truly safe place to call home. There are times when our whole world seems to be falling apart around us, and we are not sure what to hold onto anymore. Sometimes our relationships crumble and sometimes it’s our physical environment. At other times,…

GETTING OURSELVES WORKED UP (THE COMMUNITY IS STRONGER THAT YOU KNOW)

Often, we get anxiety for no reason, as we’re stronger and more capable than we believe ourselves to be. Our capacity to cope successfully with life’s challenges far outstrips our capacity to feel nervousness. Yet in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to an event that we believe will test our limits, we can…