It Takes A Village
My daughter and I had the blessing of participating in a week-long deep nature experience last week. Not only did this camp-out focus on powerfully connecting each of the 200+ community to the Earth, but to each other.
We had many inspiring and joyful experiences - shooting a bow and arrow, waking at 5:30 to the calls of the Robin and the Junco, and playing silly games with kids and adults alike. But perhaps the experience that touched me the most was when half of the camp had to move.
The park ranger came to do an inspection on our campground, to make sure we were compliant with the parameters for camping. Well, they had changed the rules from the previous year and many places where we camped before were not allowed any longer.
Some campers had already moved once, told they could not camp on the knolls where redwood groves stood. During the inspection, the rangers declared another area on a wooded hill of redwood, tan oak, and douglass fir was also not permitted. This involved about 30 tents.
But were we dismayed? No! Our leaders roused the entire village in a great hurrah, and we all pitched in to assist those who had to relocate. Everyone jumped at the chance to make the transition quick and easy for those who were inconvenienced.
For me, it filled my heart to make a contribution to others in the community. Carrying their duffel bags and sleeping gear was a joyful pleasure, knowing I was part of a group effort. I felt more connected to everyone after this experience. It took a village to move these families with ease, and it takes a village to create a sense of community and connection.
I often struggle, however, with how to feel community outside of these special experiences; to foster connection with one another in a society that largely feels disconnected. Do you ever feel the same?
So I continue to offer events that foster deep connection to each other and to the Divine within you.
Wherever you are on the planet, you can join me for the return of Awakening Self Radio! My focus is always to awaken the Divine within you. Meditation & Inspiration will be aired on Thursday, July 23rd from 9-9:30pm Pacific time on Blog talk Radio. The topic is The Pause that Refreshes the Spirit.
And my local community, Awakening Heart, is taking a break this month for summer (THIS SUNDAY'S GATHERING IS CANCELLED). But it will return next month on Sunday, August 16th for an exploration of Being a Spiritual Warrior.
We can create a village of spiritual community, where all hearts share in seeking something Greater. Each of us longs for this. Believe it is possible. Seek ways to make a contribution and open your heart to feeling that deep connection with Self, Spirit, and community.