We’ve reached double digits with the GGP!
After a year and a half, I can say that one answer to the question: “how do I (continue to) have and FEEL community ~ specifically, an extended/expanded conscious one?” is to set out to create the opportunity for others to have or experience it.
The highlight for Josh and I last night at our first organization-specific Greater Good Party was having 50 people meditating (for an extended amount of time) in our living room (49 of whom we had never met before ~> one of our favorite parts about every GGP).
I don’t have the adequate words to describe how powerful this is and was (there’s fascinating research on the power of large groups meditating on and for a singular cause).
This was the first GGP done midweek and, again, also the first created specifically for an outside group — the business arm of the Transcendental Meditation organization (what we keep seeing over again with GGP is that there’s a thirst and real need for…reaaaal connections and community ~ those not transactional, but transformational, as our friend and Austin co-host Amanda said so beautifully (when TM sent out the invite, the event sold out in a few hours).
As a family, we learned TM in 2014 when Nolan was nine. The draw was to continue to learn and grow together and support the grief journey, (code for) helping us all to continue to heal.
I credit this stillness practice we started for more gracefully being able to hold both joy and sadness the last many years (they can and do co-exist).
And helping to create an energy within to be able to get ideas off the ground and stick with them, no matter what is happening around or inside me, and, in business and life, with being more the observer of what’s happening, than being so caught up in it, whatever IT is.
Connected to that, last night I spoke about the emotion of excitable neutrality and how feeling “neutral” (not to be confused with detached or unfeeling) about any high or low in life can be a highly valuable and positive thing.
It keeps us going and keeps us in integrity.
Meditation or any stillness practice can calm “a colony of stresses”, as one of the leaders of the organization, Marty, shared last night.
Unrelated but connected, the decision we made in 2017 to not bring back the living room table after the first GGP, so it would be easier to set up the house each time for each gathering (we’ve also had smaller think tanks of three, five, eight or 10 people at home, too) was a good one.
Who would have thought that this decision (of having less furniture to move) would support the creation of something so lovely and fruitful, yet I DO know that small can be big (as I’ve said before, from little things, big things grow).
Not moving a table back reminds us every day of our commitment to this experiment/community/project.
Last night was another night of all kinds of grateful, of meaningful conversation and stolen glances (with the guy in my photo above)…
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Life is good,
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