For some social media is a part of their community. For those who are not involved in it they wonder how there can possibly be bonds made. But there are. I have developed many very close friendships with people who live all over the globe, and most I have not met face to face. Yet, with time and ongoing conversation, sharing and celebrating we have grown closer and closer. It is human nature to have connection. It feeds our soul. It gives a place to lean into. It offers us a place to vent our frustrations, to be witnessed, to be honored and to give back. “We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been - a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us when we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.” ~ Starhawk
A sense of community, a tribe or a group, whether it be in person or online, helps to satisfy this longing. There is a calling within our soul to unite, to share and to tell our stories. A trust begins to build within this place, this home for our soul, where we can step out in our brightness without feeling judged. It affords us the chance to see in others the pieces of ourselves that we are worried to reveal. This home for our soul gives us strength sometimes to face our fears. It gives us a place to go when we seek support and have a need to be heard with compassionate ears.
But as with any community it is important to bring with you integrity, honor and respect for those in the group and for yourself. The fastest way to bring pain or dis-ease to a tribe is for a member to forget the importance of this. When we are blessed with the golden gift of a community that our soul truly resonates with, we need to cherish it with an unwavering appreciation. We need to have a reverence for what it offers us and we must be sure to value it with the energies of our body, mind and soul.
Blessings ~ Lisa
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