Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
However true it may be, Margaret Mead’s quote has become almost cliche. In a world of 7 billion people, how can a few neighbors — much less an individual — make a difference? It’s tempting to wallow in negativity!
But on the mat, yoga teaches us that every breath, every intention, every micro-movement can make a difference. We know it instinctively in our own bodies as we move into, through and out of a pose. Everything matters.
So, surely the collective energy of a community must also be able to make a difference! But how do we harness the power of community in a positive way? Truly, how do we even sense the presence of the power of community?! Author Linda Breen Pierce, who writes about simplifying your life — the idea of downshifting your participation in the material culture in favor of spending more life energy on the more important things in life such as family, time in nature, creativity, spirituality, and so on. Pierce suggests that one of the greatest benefits of a voluntarily simpler lifestyle is the increased availability of time for community.
“Enhanced relationships with friends and family [and I would add, with the natural world] are the sweetest benefits of living simply.” ~ Pierce, Simplicity Lessons
When we find balance in our lives that allows us to prioritize our relationship with humans and nature, we have the potential to unleash the full strength of community. When we are truly in touch with what is important, we (and our community) can support eachother in moving in new, positive directions. Consider setting an intention to use your awareness of community to creat positive change in your life and the lives of those around you.