I have been longing for a supportive community for quite some time. I experienced it during two retreats this summer. I decided i want a local community because that adds something extra (hugs at minimum :-)). I’ve been trying to get something going since July – and it is so hard and discouraging! It seems people are “too busy,” in other words, they have other priorities. What could possibly be more important than supporting each other? Oh, yes. I do that, too: All those other things that eat my time… So, why are we making all these other things a higher priority? Is it reluctance to “just being”? After all during a retreat, we don’t need to worry about food and shelter. It’s there.
And then, there are those other voices creeping in. The familiar ones. “Just rely on yourself, Rachel. It’s safer that way. Nobody else likes you anyways.” I read those voices back in 1986 in my diary. They are probably older than that.
I would enjoy hearing if you have some success stories to share (how did you make it happen) and also if you have similar difficulties – longing for community, trying to build it or find it, and not able to meet that need consistently.