The importance of community

17426165_1185456131580782_1146121918938784515_nWhat is ‘conscious community’?

I’d like to share today about conscious community; what it is, what it isn’t and how it can support your growth. The photograph above was taken in a breath work session in Bali, and shows us being fully vulnerable within community.

I’m recently back from a 2 week stay in Bali, the island that hears my soul longings and caresses my spirit with a familiar and exquisitely sensual touch. It’s a place in which I thrive, in which my heart energy is blasted wide open and stays there, and in which I feel ‘at home’ somehow.

This sense of feeling ‘at home’ is based on my sense of community there (and can come from community anywhere). In Ubud there is a strong sense of conscious community that lives, breathes and sometimes faces its struggles of course, but which nevertheless lives from the heart. Community is built by inclusion, and inclusion must necessitate healthy boundaries too, something of a paradox it may seem but it’s not, boundaries are great and a vital part of the development and maintenance of your self love and self respect.

Namaste, the traditional sanskrit greeting means “I honour you as an aspect of myself” and if that is a truth, then all aspects must be invited to the feast.  You must also therefore really learn to know when you are ‘full’ and have eaten enough at your (metaphorical) table. You must learn to honour and value yourself exactly because without that inner knowing, you cannot recognise your boundaries and therefore your choices will usually be compromised ones, and there is a marked distinction between compromising and being compromised. Go for the first not the latter!

So I would like to share with you what one of my dear friends and teacher Anthony Abbagnano from the Alchemy Of Breath shared this morning when he sent out his mailout about the difference between tribe and community. Enjoy!

“More and more these days we hear the word ‘tribe’ being used as an expression of belonging to a group. Perhaps it’s because of a childhood where I felt like an outsider, when I hear the word tribe I actually feel a little fearful. It triggers me because I used to feel ‘left out’ of the group, in some way not good enough to join. 

I looked up the word in the Apple dictionary, and here is what I found: 

a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader: indigenous Indian tribes | the Celtic tribes of Europe.

Notice the third word – division. When I read this I felt a rush of relief, and validation of the trepidatious sensation when I hear people eagerly use the word. The problem is that when we identify with a group or a following, we tend to forget that we may unconsciously exclude other people. Are we unconsciously creating division instead of the unity we really seek?

Have you ever felt left out, to not good enough to belong? I know from breathing thousands of people, that one of our biggest issues as humans is a limiting core belief that there is no room for us. We may do many things to prove to ourselves and others that we are worthy, but often underneath we still carry a lingering core belief that undermines our confidence, and limits our possibility too. 

This is why I keep choosing the word community. Before we fall into the trap of using a different word to mean the same thing, let’s take a moment to feel into the reality of ‘coming-into-unity’ and what it might mean. What if community is a moment? What if in each moment we have the choice to come into unity, or do the opposite – to choose duality instead?

I know when I used to think of community the first thought that came to mind was a structure or form that would serve as a container for community. It might be land with houses. It might take some other form instead. But I had never considered it as a moment until I started breathing as a practice. Now it seems more familiar to me this way, as I see it happen again and again. After each breath session we do together, whether it’s in a group or on a webinar, the sense of coming-into-unity soars. It never fails to amaze me that as we breathe into our own inner healing, the coming together of our inner bits and pieces, the re-pairing of the broken parts of our past, that this inner journey makes us more available, more authentically present with others too. 

Perhaps if we viewed community as a living organism of the collective consciousness, this would be a good start? I am sure this is what prayer was designed for, to unite us in service of a greater being, and those of you that have breathed know that this starts inside each one of us, and then extends to those around us. I often refer to each cycle of connected breath as a prayer. I see it as a prayer for unity, a focused step towards meeting each other through our individual self-awareness.”

You can find out more about Anthony’s work here and if you would like to attend any of Anthony’s fortnightly online breath work webinars (highly recommended) then please follow the link below:

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To join this free webinar, simply register here –

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

No previous experience is necessary to join the session – enjoy!

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