| ANNE WILLIAMSON |
The fall round of WAYfinding starts this week, and we're kicking things off with a discussion on community. Namely, what's the point? Why do we choose to do life with others? What does a community do for us - individually and collectively? What should it?
Maybe we gather to share a drink and a laugh? Or prayers? A listening ear? Maybe it's about service and the collective good? Or networking? Or worship? Or alternative perspectives? Accountability? Advice? Growing in love? Or...
Then, there's the question of principles - which ones matter? And, who's at the table? The list goes on. The key, I think, is to wonder and to ask. Not to fall blindly into community as it's always been simply because it's always been. Maybe there is a better way - a way that leads to more peace and wholeness, more joy.
What do you think? LEARN, LISTEN, LOVE... and consider joining the conversation at WAYfinding this week. Contact me for group times and locations.
Watch this video on a community in Oakland, CA; they live in the House of Peace. (Their story will serve to "kick start" our conversation in WAYfinding this week too.)
What's stirring in you? While watching, where did you experience an internal "yes!" and where a "no!"? Why do you think this is? Keep listening...
Do you agree? How does this quote connect to the above video? Perhaps how we understand (and live into) the "depth of what community is" determines the depth of our loneliness? Keep wondering and listening...
Out of what is stirring in you, set a loving intention for the coming week. How are you being called to act? Wonder? Imagine?
My suggestion: Like the people living in the House of Peace, reflect on the principles and values important to you in community. Then, ask yourself, "Does my current community reflect these?" If not, maybe in some small way this week, you can begin the process of changing this by "being the change you wish to see."