Sometimes we think feel okay being along.
It seems like we are fine by ourselves.
We can be very self-contained.
And as long as we have our basic needs met, we don't need others.
Yet as we live this way longer and longer, something begins to shift.
We start to have a yearning for something different.
We want to be in another person's presence.
Physical contact become a craving.
Even just hearing another person's real voice in the room means so much to us.
It is not because we are incapable of being by ourselves.
We are pack animals.
We thirst for companionship.
It is inherent in our nature.
So much so that our longevity is tied to how connected we feel later in life.
There is something that being part of a community gives us that we do not get any other way.
Not just a sense of belonging.
More than a feeling of protection.
The warmth of their hand in ours.
The twinkle in their eye when they laugh.
We all desire it.
On a very fundamental level.
That's why tribes were created.
It is why we so easily identify as part of an ethnic group, or a country.
Without it we feel something is missing.
Yet sometimes that desire can be used against us or abused by those in power.
The herd is not always right.
Yet is feels better to be in the herd than apart from it.
For we all feel that not only are we all connected, we thrive or struggle as a group.
Societies are built up and fall apart because of that connection or the breaking of that connection.
Being mindful and considerate of the community and our place in it can help us to know when it is the right community for us.
What communities do you identify with?
Have you connected with the others in that community lately?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant