Day 13 - I made a great decision earlier this year to book onto a spiritual retreat I had seen advertised for the autumn of this year. I work in holistic health care so I understand through my own experiences and clients how important it is to look after your whole self! But this decision was either guided or impulsive who knows. The itinerary at this point a little unknown but the venue looked beautiful on the coast of Cornwall, on a working farm inside a beautiful farm house. Described mini women's spiritual weekend retreat. ''On this magical weekend. As the nights draw in, spending time in circle with other like minded women. Journeying to our inner goddess for inspiration for the year to come ahead. Sharing, crafting and working with the mirror in nature we will travel to the place of stillness inside.'' Knowing the facilitator and trusting her (Ros Simons) and seeing a few people I know interested and many I didnt I decided just to book.
So last night I found myself here for the first evening with a group of ladies I did not know at all. This feels both nervous and exciting as somehow I know I have done the right thing.
Surround yourself with like minded people I can hear replayed in my mind, people who will inspire and encourage you. So here I am!
Today im up before my alarm but still later as I felt as part of the retreat was time to rest. It was 6:15am. I started my Miracle Morning routine , spending just 5 minutes on each area as I knew I had the whole weekend of personal development ahead.
Why might you ask then is this blog post titled Community and what relevance does it have?
Well lets look look at the word community. The English dictionary describes the word community as 'a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.' This leads me to think on this more and it's something we discussed yesterday. Have we lost the sense of community in modern at life, even if we live in a community? For nowhere above does it say anything of friendship, security, cooperation, fulfilment, caring, respect , empowering, or inspiring.
Our lives can be so busy we can become quite disconnected to the world around us. This could possibly lead us to behave in a way that does not match our values, allows us to feel negative emotions, to fall ill or to struggle with achieving dreams.
How can the ideal community be found?
There are some simple steps we can all take in our lives to bring back the sense of community. One of those things is surrounding yourself by people who offer friendship,and security. Who are willing to work together, to help you reach your fulfilment, who are caring, respectful, empowering and inspiring. But importantly that you offer the same in return! Come from your heart, be honest and true.
Community can be found in many forms. I am very much part of a community whilst I am here this weekend, and this will evolve as the distance separates us but will still have that connection to each other. I can be part of community through my family when I return home , that can stretch to my wider family and friends, my neighbours and other people I come into contact with. It should include nature around us, the trees, earth, animals are all part of our community here on earth. It can also extend to be virtual community's like the Miracle Morning one or other social media groups.
But more than all of that you can make what community means through actions, this is the important part, more than the act of just being in a community.
I am sure as my day unfolds I will learn many lessons from all that is around me. The group of women I am with are all of the above and much more. An amazing tribe of people that have entered my life and that I will treasure. I will work hard on my relationships in all community's to improve not only my experience but others and create a better world.