As I’ve continued to think about building community, I was reminded that in order to build community and be in community we need to be open enough to connect with someone or something. We have to be willing to peel off some of the protective layers we all put on so that we can let ourselves out and let others in.
Scary as that may seem, if you stop and think about it, connecting is a real basic need from the moment we are born. We actively seek out someone to hold and cradle and feed us and love us; it continues as we grow, seeking out friends to play with and then people to date; we grow up, maybe we get married or create partnerships; we meet friends for coffee to catch up; we take the dogs for walks to connect with them and with nature; we joke, we tease, we laugh, we hug…all ways we try to connect with others.
But, in order to connect with others, we need to connect with ourselves first. What that means to me is taking the time to figure out what really matters to me, what I value, where I’m coming from, what my experiences are and what I am in need of so that I can align myself with the people and causes that resonate with me, support me and whom I can support. I need to know what I want and need from being in a community as well as what I can offer that community.
Give this a try:
Play around with these practices of connecting inward so you can connect outward. As always if you have any questions, or A-HA moments, I’d love to hear them – shoot me an email or a note on Facebook.
Peace, Love, and Bliss,
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