My heart, body and being is feeling nurtured after living, immersing in, and being part of this community during the learning man – as we were manifesting these spaces together of connecting, playing, being, creating, sharing and supporting; as this village started to appear, with little lanes and neighbours, and meeting people when fetching water or washing.
A space in which to feel genuinely welcome, as who I am and where I am at. A space to let simple truth and connection between people be stronger than self-made/untrue mind patterns or other agendas. Being and seeing from the heart. A place of letting these veils, layers and labels go that can be between us sometimes. Meeting and connecting whoever is in front of me from this sense of realness and truth as it emerges from my/our centre.
Sometimes being who we really are can be something to get used to, this coming fully back into and staying connected to myself, while with and in community.
And for me to explore more about being and living who I am, ‘nakedly’, a safe kind of environment of truth and trust, of love and compassion is a great field to dare and experiment in.
And there is so much deliciousness in being with and around like-hearted people!
One of my teachers used to remind us of the fact that we humans are among the most social species on this planet, like many other animals. That we need to be social for our well-being. Well, I am certainly one of our species who does need a lot of space and time to myself, and I truly like my own company. Yet, during our gathering, in this little village we created, I totally wallowed in getting to know more about myself as this social human animal. I so loved to be part of this tribe, to experience loving and compassionate community, and to be safe and seen when just being myself, not more, not less.
So much learning ‘just’ in that.
From the start I thought: it is called learning man. And in fact just from being there, from opening myself up to this experience and this community and way of living, witnessing myself in exactly that, I am living so much learning and growing right there.
Within our personal path of awakening as beings, we start our steps of healing, and growing. And on a social level, when we beings come together as families, or other types of community, and do this in a healthy way, there is great potential to heal personal and social wounds, ‘simply’ by living an open, honest, loving, and accepting life with each other.
It’s an establishing of new and healthier, truthful forms of living and growing together, just like these new pathways in a healing mind, away from self limiting thoughts.
I believe it is not only about establishing a sustainable way to be and live with nature, our mother Earth and all she’s giving and offering. It is also about finding (or remembering?) ‘sustainable’ ways of living and being with each other, in our social relations, where we can see through more and more of our ego agendas, where we can own our personal reactions and feelings, where we can live and let live, where connection and compassion is stronger than judgement and prejudice, and where we start to see more and more of what we have in common as humans, rather than what might divide us.
Yes, it’s the beauty of living with like-minded and like-hearted people. On some level it seems ‘easier’, since much ‘other stuff’ can just fall away, and these veils between people can start to come down. Conflict can be part of this and dealt with in a real and from-the-heart-manner, or just in a ‘normal’ manner. – I smiled so much when someone in the circle gathering said out loud: ‘This is normal!’ (This way of living together). Yes, this is normal. That’s why it felt so great.
So, all I have left to share is expressing my gratefulness and honour for each of us bringing ourselves into this shared community space with presence, awareness, truth, heart-joy and compassion; showing up with who we really are and with what we all have to offer in this life. What wonderful companions. I thank you for this experience. I thank you for a safe space in this learning man, for a learning woman.