Please welcome Sharon Gillette to the Whole Life Blog today. I’m honored to have Sharon as part of my yoga community!
The communities that we live in, work in, and join because of athletic, musical, or other skill, all help to form, grow, and sometimes support us. What is our responsibility to our communities?
When we become aware of the power behind a community simply thinking/writing/voicing good thoughts about somebody, how can we fail to take the opportunity to lift someone up who has lost a job, a parent, or hope? Even day-to-day questions and cares, answered thoughtfully by community members, can make a difference in the sense of well-being of another. What an honor for that person to know that someone noticed their challenge, gave it thought, and took even a brief moment to recognize it in some way.
The yoga community of teachers is strong, especially among those who trained together. Learning from and supporting each other makes them more able to serve students. Members of group yoga classes that meet regularly, often look forward to connections made there. Specific-themed classes for prenatal, MS, cancer, or other health-related needs, sometimes see very beneficial bonds form among practitioners. Be open to exploring these personal connections. Care, and be cared for.
Having the opportunity to take the gift of community and add it to the content-rich forum of the internet, is a perk of modern life that should not be taken for granted. Spend time reading the blog or the Facebook page of your favorite yoga teachers, and offer your thoughts. Nourish, and be nourished.
However you find your yoga community, move forward by asking yourself what you can do to help that community. Could you deliver a flower from your garden to the friend on the mat next to yours? Might you give of your knowledge or from your heart, to comment in an online group?
Share of yourself in community. Lift others, and be lifted.
Sharon Gillette is a graduate of Whole Life Yoga’s 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings. Connect with her at http://www.polkadotyoga.com/