What is your predominant mood? What is your overriding feeling? What is the nature of your outlook? Of your viewpoint? Of your disposition? How does your body carry anxiety, anger, hopelessness, depression, grief, mourning, fear, worry, concern...? What is not working about your life? Where are your needs and expectations being disappointed? What is the nature of your betrayal? Where do you turn when you have nowhere to turn? When you know you are "on the beam," what is the nature of the beam? What are you doing? What happens to knock you off "the beam"? What is the nature of your dissatisfaction? How would you go about changing what you tell yourself about what has happened/is happening in your life? How does your "narrative" need to be changed? Are you your own best friend? If you were your own best friend, what do you think you most need to hear? On a low to high scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your response-ability to disappointment? to beauty? to good news? to bad news? to wonder? to excitement? to opportunity? to invitations? Questions for self-reflection.
Our way of living creates waves upon the surface of life, making it impossible for us to see into the depths in order to perceive the truth of our essence, and live out of our original nature and our natural rhythms, in meeting the requirements of the here and now as we move through each day. In order to live out of the truth of our center within the time and place of our living, we have to make the concerted effort to stop at regular intervals throughout the day to remember our breathing and shift into self-realization, by sitting still and being quiet to calm the waves, allow the mud to settle, and clear the water to connect with the deep core of our being and the Source, the Mystery, at the heart of life. Being thus centered and grounded, we can step back into the moment as those capable of seeing what is happening and what needs to happen in response-- what is being called for and how we can rise to the occasion with the gifts we have to offer, with sincerity and non-contrivance, in each situation as it arises. Transforming the world one situation at a time.
A Community of Innocence is a group of 3 to 5 people who come together with no agenda, and nothing at stake in each other, beyond serving as a sounding board for one another in helping everyone in the group find their life, and live it with allegiance to their individual destiny, through establishing their contact with, and living from, their own center by way of self-transparency and awareness, mindfully exhibiting sincerity, non-contrivance, balance, harmony, and spontaneity in response to what is happening, and what needs to be done in response, in each situation as it arises. We do not live to answer the question, "What do I want to get from my life?" Or, "What am I getting from my life?" But, "What do I have to offer my life and the situations that comprise my life, out of the gifts I have to share, for the good of the situations as a whole?" And, "How can I best live from my center in serving my destiny and my essence, by being true to my original nature and my natural rhythms, situation-by-situation?" Our Communities of Innocence (And we can have as many as we can fit into our life) listen us into hearing what we have to say, and offer a regular reminder of the importance of finding a place for stillness and silence in each day for self-reflection, examination, exploration and realization in order to know what we know and what is being called for in the here and now of our living. That is all we need to find what we need to do what needs to be done in the times and places of our living. And no one can do more than that.