I wrote this post in the midst of a very hectic day - the words below are straight from 750words.com. In other words, unedited - and before I had the chance to give the proper nods to Bindu Wiles and her 21*5*800 experience and Marianne Elliot for her guest post about Sangha on Bindu's page, which I used for inspiration.
Today is the last day of June. I am about to complete several challenges at once and I don't hesitate for today, of all days, time is of the essence. I type like a sorta-wild-woman and I think: Sangha. Julie. Sangha.
I am electing to write of Sangha as both a part of my 750words.com and as a part of my 21*5*800 post of the day. As the bonus 10 days of this challenge unfold, I am posting my 800 words here, directly, without editing or worry about content. I am simply writing.
What I create, more than anything else, is Sangha. People tell me all the time that I create Sangha in different ways.
"Julie made us fall in love with each other" Althea told me.
She was talking about when I directed a play, the way I managed the process included, especially, a love experience amongst the cast and crew. An abundant, engaging, relationship building time where what was translated onstage was magical.
Creating Sangha in theatre usually gives shows an intangible yet also tangible experience of "something-ness" that is without language but has a definite feeling to it.
Some of my friends use the word "tribe" which is decent, I have just never felt like it was particularly resonant. I have used the word community, as in "Julie creates such a vibe of community in her programs and classes." Yes, both are true, but the field I love to play in is that field of openness, acceptance, mutual admiration, sacred, soulful and dare I get into some of those openly "out there yet in the heart" spiritual sort of words?
Those words lend themselves so well to Sangha, but what I feel the most, what I know I create the most, is connection between people that wasn't there before we all gathered. If I had to put a five step how to plan to creating Sangha, I would say:
1. Create a circle that is open to new people yet is strong enough with whomever is there in the present time. There is never a sense of a "missing" link to the circle or a "weakest" link, because the circle itself understands and recognizes the contributions of each individual within that circle.
2. Mutual admiration and respect is paramount. Praise flows easily and is received gracefully. People don't speak ill of the others nor do they speak ill of themselves. Everyone gives at least 100% though usually they give more.
3. Communication is clear and easily followed. Questions are appreciated and there is plenty of space to ask questions in the normal flow of life for the Sangha. Voices are valued, individual voices and the voice of the collective within the Sangha.
4. Members share a purpose, an aim, a hope, a dream. I see this in online adventures and also in my creative adventures. I saw it last night with Kama as she was leading our Yoga class. This might be odd to wrap your intellect around and I invite you to try. There is discipline, there is correction, but there are no definitive "wrongs." Discipline isn't harsh, it induces growth. The community respects each members devotion to discipline. This is so a part of the community that discipline shifts to be seen as a positive experienced rather than weighty or heavy.
5. There is a sense of shared ownership: collaboration rather competition is vital to the health of the Sangha. There may be leadership, but those "in charge" relish the ideas of sharing the leadership to both train and shine the light on the strengths of community members. Growth in the individuals within the Sangha is good for everyone's growth.
My sacred community is my Sangha.
The people I enjoy working with the most are members of my Sangha.
It doesn't matter what "other" rules my Sangha brothers and sisters follow, as long as they follow the rules of love, I know our Sangha will thrive.
I show my authentic face and speak with my authentic voice and show up the most 1,000% version of me without worry of backlash when I am with my Sangha.
I would love to be able to create a workplace which is essentially a Sangha.
Sangha is prayer personified.
Sangha makes work into prayer.
In Sangha, creativity - all forms, is sacred.
Although Sangha is a Buddhist context, I feel Sangha across belief structures and systems. Sangha is love. Sangha is breath. Sangha brings strength and context and form and is fluid and graceful and yes, Sangha giggles.
Sangha stretches and grows and sometimes provides stretching and discomfort. I call out to my Sangha and they respond in ways that surprise me. I reach my empty hands into the Sangha and they are filled without me saying a word.
Sangha is one of the best places to practice becoming more intimate with soul friendships. It is safe and warm yet inspiring and can feel scary at first. We are not used to Sangha in our culture. We forget that this is the way life is supposed to be, that this is the way of love, that friends are sacred, soulful, and can be trusted.
We learn trust and openness in the Sangha.
I love Sangha.
I finish my writing and realize the time I devoted is just perfect as the rest of the day has floated into place today, time and time again. It is as if I am being rewarded for writing my 800 words of 21*5*800 on Sangha by nestling it right in this particular cradle of love.
I smile for Sangha.
I smile at you, grateful you are reading of Sangha.
Love. Sangha. Love. Julie. Love.
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