Sandra Chaloux

| 09/29/2015

Community Forum

Community Forum

I feel compelled to write about Community today as I kick off this blog. A few months back, my yoga teacher read a passage at the end of class about Community. It seemed as if this passage was meant specifically for me at this point in time with the new endeavor. I’d like to share it…

The Daily Book of Positive Quotations, by Linda Picone

Community –“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” Morgan Scott Peck

“Most of us are hesitant when we first join a new community. Will we fit in? Do we want to let the other members of the community in our lives? What does becoming a member of the community say about us? These are important questions to consider.”

But we can’t make the world a better place except by working with others. And we can’t work with others if we merely stand in the background judging and withholding. We must be willing to risk vulnerability if we want to be an engaged member of a real community.”

I am willing to risk being vulnerable because I believe in the power of community.

Morgan Scott Peck was an American psychiatrist and best-selling author, best known for his first book, The Road Less Traveled, published in 1978.

Characteristics of true community (Peck)

Peck describes what he considers to be the most salient characteristics of a true community:

Inclusivity, commitment and consensus: Members accept and embrace each other, celebrating their individuality and transcending their differences. They commit themselves to the effort and the people involved. They make decisions and reconcile their differences through consensus.

Realism: Members bring together multiple perspectives to better understand the whole context of the situation. Decisions are more well-rounded and humble, rather than one-sided and arrogant.

Contemplation: Members examine themselves. They are individually and collectively self-aware of the world outside themselves, the world inside themselves, and the relationship between the two.

A safe place: Members allow others to share their vulnerability, heal themselves, and express who they truly are.

A laboratory for personal disarmament: Members experientially discover the rules for peacemaking and embrace its virtues. They feel and express compassion and respect for each other as fellow human beings.

A group that can fight gracefully: Members resolve conflicts with wisdom and grace. They listen and understand, respect each other’s gifts, accept each other’s limitations, celebrate their differences, bind each other’s wounds, and commit to a struggle together rather than against each other.

A group of all leaders: Members harness the “flow of leadership” to make decisions and set a course of action. It is the spirit of community itself that leads, and not any single individual.

A spirit: The true spirit of community is the spirit of peace, love, wisdom and power. Members may view the source of this spirit as an outgrowth of the collective self or as the manifestation of a Higher Will.

There is also a spiritual context for Community based on Genesis 1:31
(Source: How to Listen When God is Speaking, by FR. Mitch Pacwa)

Human community and self-giving love are key ways for human beings to demonstrate that they are made in God’s image and likeness.

While this venture into the wellness arena is a career transition for me, one thing that hasn’t changed is my love of working with communities. I look forward to being a part of a strong, positive, and supportive Wellness Community here. I hope you will join me.


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