Building Your Spiritual Community
I've written one blog about finding spiritual community
, but I think many of you are actually spiritual community builders and leaders. I encourage you to embrace that trait if you have the knack for community and/or leadership.
And yet, many others of you will simply build small little spiritual communities to support you as you go. This can simply be your older brother with whom you can talk about spirituality, or perhaps it's a local meditation or prayer group. Really, it's about having someone or several someones to talk about and interact around spirituality. It's a great way to deal with issues and to practice new, healthy patterns of behaviors. In some ways, a spiritual community is a form of rehabiliation, which is why some types of rehab groups can end up be excellent sources of communal spiritual support even though they don't use "spiritual" terms.
So here's a few tips to help you build your spiritual community for as long as you need it, which will vary for each of you from a lifetime of support to perhaps a few days--and that's okay.
Tip #1 Talk About Spirituality
. Just start talking about spirituality to different people. It's probably not going to be comfortable at first, but if you're already tuned in to your inner knowing, that'll help you to find people who will resonate with what you say. Even if you're not, both skills--talking about spirituality and using your intuition--require practice. Give it a shot. You may be surprised at who responds and naturally becomes part of your spiritual community.
Tip #2 Explore Local Groups
. Many of you may have already done this, but perhaps not. I encourage people to check out everything from the prayer group at the local Christian Church to the psychic readings night at that funky little shop in downtown. You never know with whom you may suddenly have an amazing connection.
Tip #3 Have a Meditation Night
. Start a meditation group and see who shows up. There are plenty of easy meditations to do together, and you don't have to make this into a big deal. Good grief, if only spiritual stuff wasn't made into a big deal all the time, we'd all be better off. If you want tips on types of meditations to do in a group, you can message me
There are, of course, many other ways to build your spiritual community. I've done a lot of that with the Internet and conversations that I've had over the last several years about spirituality. So one way or another, you've got all the tools to build a spiritual community. Don't get too particular about what it should look like. Instead, just look to the heart of the matter and the hearts of the people to whom you're connecting. It should be clear who feels right to be in your community and joining you for a little ways on your spiritual path.
In love and kindness,