COMPASSION, OUR COMMUNITIES & THE PRESENCE OF DIFFICULTIES…

Compassion is the ability to see the deep connectedness between ourselves, others and the community. Moreover, true compassion recognizes that all the boundaries we perceive between ourselves and others are an illusion. When we first begin to practice compassion, this very deep level of understanding may elude us, but we can have faith that if…

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…