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How To Find A Supportive Spiritual Community

Gabrielle Bernstein's picture

As a young girl I was introduced to many spiritual communities. My mother often brought me to visit ashrams and I sat beside her in weekly women’s circles. These sacred communities always made me feel safe and supported.

When I got to college, I started hosting my own groovy women’s circles. Groups of girls would gather in my apartment to eat snacks and talk about their feelings. Having community really helped me through the chaos and insecurity of my college years.

A common issue that I hear in my groups and lectures is that people feel alone on their spiritual journey. In response, I suggest that they look around the room and see how connected they really are. A huge part of my purpose in this life is to hold space for like-minded people to come together and support one another. {tweet it} Community is present here on my blog, on my Facebook fan page, at a live event, or on my social networking site HerFuture (a digital sisterhood).



Midge Greentree's picture

A Sense of Belonging

Belonging within a community can give us a stronger sense of who we are by encouraging and supporting us (physically, intellectually, emotionally, creatively, spiritually, etc.) and bringing to us new and diverse ideas and insights (positive influences).

Whether introverted or extroverted in terms of how our energies are shared, we have much to offer one another when we connect in real ways. A sense of belonging (not merely fitting in) within a community brings us more happiness (scientific fact).

Gabrielle, thanks for the reminder to be open to the possibilities for real connection, whatever our (both limiting and limitless) thoughts and beliefs might be.

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