I just completed a 3 day Reiki Retreat last week and by the end many of my students expressed feeling such comfort because they had “found their tribe”. This expression describes the feeling of being in a group of like-minded people where it is safe to share our true selves. We get to dream, explore our inner world, express our needs and feel supported instead of judged.
Sometimes Our Spiritual Path Can Feel Lonely
Sometimes when we are on a spiritual or holistic path, it can feel lonely holding down the fort in our circle of family and work connections. Some of them may want to support us however they may have different beliefs and so we are careful of where and when we share our own thoughts and feelings.
It is both reassuring and inspiring to come together and deepen our own inner knowing. We part ways knowing that we are not alone and this group that once was strangers have become our tribe. The culture that has emerged in our affluent society has created a reality that many families live in different cities. Getting together requires planning and time both of which are stretched to limits with full schedules. Finding a common interest helps to bring people together filling a need for being in community.
The Importance of Community in My Life
I realize how important community is for me as I have created a few very important ones in my life. My love of music and singing has found home for the past 30 years with the North Metro chorus. My thirst for knowledge and sharing has led me to host a monthly Women’s Wellness Circle for over 10 years. We joined some of our church friends to create a couples activity group that has enjoyed countless hours of fun and exploring for the last 17 years. Finally, my work and life with reiki has now expanded into a circle of students, friends and colleagues who come together regularly.
These groups fill my life with a richness that is not possible on a solo journey. Sometimes I need to balance and pull back for a while but I could not even dream of my life without all that a like-minded community brings.
Don’t get me wrong – it takes intention and action to find your group, as Amanda Kohr shares so beautifully on wanderlust.com;
Whether it’s a family, community, or group of fellow practitioners, our tribe is important because it reflects our values while simultaneously satisfying our need for companionship.
That being said, finding a tribe is hard. That’s why there are so many movies where high school students end up eating lunch alone. And as we bloom into adulthood and lose the setting of forced social interaction, it can be even more difficult to find authentic connections.
Doing so requires effort, authenticity, and confidence.
True – and I am here to say that it is worth every minute of searching. So I invite you to reflect on what you might be missing in your life and then set the intention to find it. Let’s make life count and have fun along the way with our Tribe!
Do you have a favourite group of peeps that you want to share? I welcome input here.
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Until next time, may you enjoy your summer.