Community is simple. All you need to do is show up.
Community is about people who are committed to one another, in one way or another. People who choose to love one another, from close up or far away, even though none of us are perfect. People who spend time together and got to watch each other grow. Shared experience, deep bonds - this takes time and consistency. Sometimes, courage.
The most important thing isShowing Up.
Showing up says, "I care about you guys."
Showing up says, "I will be a powerful witness."
Showing up says, "I am willing to invest my energy in this group of people and be a part of it, whatever that is."
People tend to not realize the great value they have for the people around them. Even being a silent regular gives soo much to the rest of everyone else, when you stop coming everyone misses your silent contribution. Being someone that others can rely on to be present or to bring food, or to play your drum or flute makes you a fixture of community.
Being a regular is what creates the structure of community. The house that we all live in. It makes people feel safe. Ahh..here are the walls, this is what they are made of, these people are welcoming, ahh.. I think I will come back.
What happens after showing up is the adventure part.
The adventure and surprises are the stuff that we get to tell stories about later on. Weaving the stories, our rich tapestry colored by all is the unspoken love that carries us to the next adventure.
We are all important to the community. Our actions and attitudes broadcast out and become part of the fiber of our togetherness. Because of this, every tiny little small thing makes a big difference.
Cooking for get-togethers warms the dynamic. Offering one's house for a social gathering is a miracle for organizers who live in small places. Helping people load/unload someone's car is SO GREAT I AM TELLIN' YA.
The trick is to do only as much as you can. No one wants you to burn out and - the small things really do make a big difference.
Here is a list of suggestions that might help you jump in.
Go to a circle, just to explore, even if you don't know if you will go again. You are bound to run into those people somewhere.
Sample a local teacher you don't know much about.
Pitch in on a ceremony. What a great way to meet people.
Compliment people in your community on their work. Tell them how much you appreciate what they do.
Introduce people who you think would like each other
Bring your ideas to your organizer, as well as the willingness to help make them happen. They will be SO HAPPY. Bonus: you will meet new people through the experience.
Be brave, have a potluck for a bunch of spiritual people you don't know.
Gift someone something without them expecting it.
Let someone know that you are here for them. Offer to do journeys or healing if you have those skills.
Take around flyers and forward events for the teachers that you love.
Send referrals to healers that you really trust.
Honor everyone no matter how bumpy we all may get on this wild path of introspection and healing.
Be brave again. Reach out and make a new friend with someone you met at a circle or class.
Ask for help. Sharing and love is as much about receiving as it is about giving.
Get some training/Give some training back to the community.
Start a circle. Ask Tasara to give you a teaching on how to do this.
You don't have to be friends with everyone; you are in community. Think of the village square. You don't pick who lives in your village – but you know them. Knowing and being known is a powerful thing. A healing thing.