These words had my ears perked: an “unconditional sense of community that holds us”
I’d been bouncing around emotions (and beating myself up for them - see passage below if you do this too👀) for several days until arriving at @the_ranch_houston
where I had yet another dose of community and the magic that materializes when you show up, support and elevate one another, engage in conscious co-creation of a new way of operating in this world. A space where I immediately felt seen, heard and affirmed.
During this QE, someone dear to me has said several times, (paraphrased) “I’m so rich- I have a community and support system around me and love in my heart”
I feel so Rich.
An excerpt from Radical Self-Acceptance by @TaraBrach
“Wise societies provide means of belonging: to family, to tribe, to community, to the earth. And this belonging is what helps to address and heal the primal fears around separation. This is not so in our modern western culture. We are not a wise society. Chief Standing Bear, a Lakota leader, put it like this, ‘The white man does not understand America, Nature, Earth. He’s too far removed from it’s formative processes. The roots of the tree of his life have not yet grasped the rock and soil. The white man is troubled by primitive fears.’
Because we are separate in this culture from our earth, from each other, Because there’s no unconditional sense of community that holds us, this is an incredibly ripe environment for self-aversion to run rampant. We’re in a culture that rewards Individual achieving, rewards competing and beating others, and devalues those who are different. In our culture, in order to feel even a superficial sense of belonging, we have to jump through an innumerable hoops: Look a certain way, behave a certain way. And when we fail to jump correctly through these hoops, our very belonging is threatened, so there’s a huge fear of failure, of making mistakes. And the result of being so afraid of failure and mistakes, is that we go around tense, anticipating what next we could do wrong.”
#radicalselfacceptance #community #nature #earth