Spiritual Practice – Supporting Each Other

2 Oct

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This week’s peace blog poses some interesting questions about what the world would look like, could look like, if we showed our support for others – even complete strangers – and allowed ourselves and others to experience the full blessings of community.  Consider the following questions, and then consider the actions you can take to show support.

  • What communities do you belong to?  Church, family, school, work, hobby group like quilting, social groups, etc.?
  • What does this community mean to you?
  • How have you felt welcomed and valued in your community?

 

It’s important to recognize that although many may enjoy the blessings of community, many others do not.  Or, even if they are part of a community, they might not feel welcomed or valued.  Consider the following ways YOU could make that person know they are of worth.

  • Try surprising someone you know with a sign of support.  For example, write a kind note or card to a co-worker and put it on his or her desk or in his or her inbox.  You could also do this with someone you go to church with or anyone you encounter regularly like a neighbor.  You could leave a note of thanks for your postal worker for example.
  • Let someone in your family know how much you love them, how much you care for them, how proud you are of them.
  • If you are willing to be especially vulnerable, make a sign that says something like, “I believe in you!” and stand on the corner of the street.  Wave the sign at passersby or people who drive by in their cars.  You could also write a few notes that say something simple like, “You are of value.  You have worth.”  Pass these out to people you encounter at the bank, the grocery store, the checkout line, or people you simply walk past.

 

  • How does it feel to show love and support for others?
  • Was it reciprocated or not?
  • When you express others’ value and worth, how does it change your perspective on your own value and worth as a member of community?

One Response to “Spiritual Practice – Supporting Each Other”

  1. Katie Harmon-McLaughlin October 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Great ideas! This gives life to our enduring principle “Blessings of Community” in a new way 🙂 Thanks, Dustin!

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