Sometimes it feels like you are the only one in your group of friends
that is looking for something else! Looking in a different direction than everyone around you.
Maybe your friends and family are slightly bemused by your efforts to find some more meaning in your life through practices like Yoga, as I myself experienced often.
Not all of our loved ones are one the same journey as we are.
Don't get me wrong, we are ALL on a journey, but we are all on different levels of that trip.
That is why a sangha is so very important.
Sangha is a Sanskrit term referring to "assembly" or "community"
though the teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than just a community,
it’s a deep spiritual practice.
In the Buddhist and dharmic traditions a sangha is a community of friends,
practicing the dharma together in order to bring about or maintain awareness.
From personal experience we are not all lucky enough to always have many likeminded people around, but it doesn't have to take a village.
Just ONE friend can do the trick and serve as a “sparring partner”
for those ideas and contemplations that feel bigger than yourself, or for those moments
where you feel yourself stumbling a bit backwards or come to a hold.
ONE person already can make the difference!
And I'm very grateful for my own personal small sangha, those few peeps that keep my head straight on, with whom I can talk about the pleasures & pains of being a human being on a journey.
Ok, possums. Big hug
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