“Sharing is not a sacrifice but a celebration, an act of love that has an immediate ripple effect, sending happiness back to the giver, multiplied many times. Like the walking iris, our momentary, everyday acts of kindness permeate the community with a sweet and spicy scent.”
As a founder of the EcoVillage at Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Liz Walker has had ample experience in the processes of actually building community. Her conclusion is that weaving the social fabric takes as much dedication and work as creating the physical form. That said, it would appear to be worth the effort: “At its best, living in community can help us to become the more generous, expanded human beings we are meant to be, and to feel a deep sense of belonging to something infinitely larger than our selves.”
This inspiring article is part of Gaia Education’s series on consciously reinventing cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together. Read the full story….