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Community, Circles of Healing
“The Healing social life is found when, in the mirror of each human soul the whole community finds its reflection. And when, in the community the virtue of each one is living.”
– Rudolph Steiner
There are many different circles of community that we might find ourselves in. Maybe it is a circle of close friends, the circle of your family, or a community of practitioners; each of these different circles are a huge opportunity to heal ourselves and others.
In each of these community circles there are many connections between each of its members. To me, the quote above is reminding us that each person is a valuable part of the circle. That we should honor each person’s wisdom and sharing.
Taking that thought one step further we hold each other in our conscious minds. We recognize that part of each person we know resides within us. In each of our hearts we are all reflected. So that we can become less contained in our individual egos but embody the consciousness of all. We are all interconnected and growing together in this point in time. There is no need to compare or measure against each other, because we belong to and support each other.
As we stand in our circles, each person is holding an important part of that circle. We have a responsibility to take care of our personal healing but also to look out for each other. When we do that, you and your community are both strengthened.
Rumi said this so simply: Flow down and down into ever widening rings of being.
Ultimately there is no distance to the center of yourself, but if we begin to stand strong within our true compassionate and loving selves, we will expand into ever widening rings of being and will be shining our light collectively in our community circles.
How do we find Community? Ask yourself a few key questions:
Is there a group or organization that I already belong to that I can invest some of your time in?
Who can benefit from my unique skills and talents?
Is there an activity or something that I always wanted to try(something you would enjoy, like painting or hiking)?
Answering these questions will help you to connect with a meetup, class, or organization that have some shared interest.
Volunteering or joining a class is a wonderful way to meet new people! I can't tell you how many life long friends I have made that started with a volunteer event or new interest.