What are the elements of community that allow you to be authentically you?
If I’m fully honest with myself, I have rarely found community where I can be my full authentic self. I do have many relationships where I show up as my full self, but these people exist across the many communities that I am apart of. But there is something decidedly different about feeling part of collective where values are shared and a sense of intimacy grows.
I am most interested in being in spaces with people who want to do the deep work of self-inquiry, people who are learning to trust themselves, people who can show up with an open heart and plenty of humility. I want to be vulnerable and be witness to the vulnerability of others. The reciprocity is critical.
Shared values is the other critical component of community for me. I am learning to have more explicit conversations about values and I am more attuned to situations where values are mismatched. Not all values have to be held equally, but I feel most in community with others who share my values around vulnerability, compassion, & liberation.
I deeply believe that we need community to be well, to be fully human, to continue to evolve towards liberation. We have been living through a time that has discouraged us from doing these things, but I am finding more and more that people are awakening to these ideals. Those are my people.