Living in Community
A successful community relies on a strong foundation. One key foundational element is the skill of how to live harmoniously with such a large group of people. We know it takes time, effort and practise for things to run smoothly, and for relationships to be maintained and strengthened. We all have a need to feel seen, heard and understood, and there are several tools we use to help us along the way...
Non Violent Communication
"Nonviolent Communication is based on the traditional yogic principle of Ahimsa — the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart." ~ Marshall Rosenberg, founder of NVC
NVC is a way of being in the world that aims to serve life and create connection in such a way that everyone’s needs can be met through natural care.
Communication, communication, communication!
Face to face, email, WhatsApp, Facebook, actions, words, expressions! It doesn't matter which method we use, the most important thing is that we share what needs sharing in a timely and sensitive way.
Knowing and understanding what is going on in the life of fellow residents makes it easier to understand why people behave in certain ways or react to particular situations. Weekly sharing circles provide a safe space where people can talk about feelings, difficulties etc. We try to listen without judgement and without offering advice.
Grounding, gratitudes and elephants in the room!
Fortnightly Community Meetings take place, with themed Topic Meetings being held in between. We like to start our meetings by taking a few moments to ground and arrive in the present moment. Gratitudes and celebrations are shared; a lovely time to reflect on the positive things that have happened since the last meeting. There is then the opportunity to address any 'elephants' in the room: by speaking honestly and openly about situations and feelings, the risk of resentments building is reduced.