Many people have become very disillusioned with modern day society, and the level of disconnection we all experience in our lives. Another way we offer opportunities to connect is through mindful contribution to the community.
Too often, people do not realise how valuable their skills, talents and gifts are. Often we are told when we are young that the things we love to do, that make us who we ARE, are not worth pursuing and will not make us money, or we take for granted things that we do each day and do not see the inherent value in what we bring/who we are.
In indigenous communities, story-telling and the sharing of experiences was a huge part of nurturing a connected community. Stories are one of the best and most effective ways to learn, teach, listen, express and connect. Everyone has a story, and every story has value. The power of “yes, me too” is potent. By daring greatly,and sharing our joys, our vulnerabilities, our fears, our truths, our victories, our sorrows, we can do much to break down the illusion of loneliness that weighs so heavily on our lives. Part of the power of a productive therapeutic relationship is the therapist showing up in their authenticity and saying with their presence and their attentiveness “I am here. I see you.” Authentic healing practices teach the facilitation of space to allow the patient to feel safe enough to feel, to be seen, to be heard. This principle can be applied in a community setting through encouraging the sharing of stories, and through active contribution.
As people, we are often knowingly, or unknowingly, low in self-worth and self-esteem, to the "not enough" voices, as well as often being powered by fear about letting people in, or building connection, and so we knowingly or unknowingly perpetuate disconnection and loneliness within our lives and wonder how this has happened. We are separated from others, from ourselves, and from the Divine Nature that is within us all. We hope to be able to encourage and facilitate reconnection with intrinsic self-respect, self-worth, and self-love. Everyone is capable far beyond what they may believe. Skills such as art, music, creativity etc. are of great value within community for facilitating connection and expression - the two things that are hugely lacking in modern day society. A parent who has been feeding a family for years is equipped with knowledge of catering for groups. A person who may not be able to stand can still sit and help check people in for treatments. A person who cannot sit may be able to lie down and listen to another person share about their day, providing an invaluable service and opportunity for connection. An office worker will have unknowingly developed great ability to organise, to listen and to communicate clearly and succinctly. Someone with a tendency for telling bad jokes may be the tonic that changes the entire vibe of a person’s day. Tasks such as cleaning up after a class, or being in simple situations (like seated in the reception area) and just being open, can become a joyous opportunity for natural, organic connection and times of togetherness with everyone partaking to the best of their ability. This helps with building individual self-worth and confidence whilst also contributing to the Whole. Self-esteem is built in the little things. By emptying the trash before it is overflowing, by clearing up someone else’s plate if they are having a rough day, by making a cup of coffee for someone; it is through these acts that we begin to feel good about ourselves and to realise we have so much to give, and that saving the world is done from the ground up, not the top down. We are strong alone but even stronger when we come together to share experience, give encouragement and receive each other as has been done for centuries. Then, we truly
are powerful beyond measure…