Here in Colorado, the leaves are turning and we’ve had light snow a couple of times. Fall is here and it’s a great time for stew. I love the smell that travels through the house as it cooks and how eating stew warms me from the inside out.
Fall is also a great time for simmering and stewing thoughts. Start with an experience that speaks to you, add in some quotes or other reading, and put it on the back burner of your mind. Stir once in a while, watching for what wants to be added. Feast on the ideas and emotions that blend together and bubble up.
One of my internal stews is around connection and community. We are redefining the community and ways of connecting in our family as the younger kids move out and the older ones are becoming parents. Another ingredient in my stew – the experience of recently spending a weekend in retreat with a community of friends.
These two quotes found their way into the pot.
“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” M. Scott Peck
“Community, however important to a full human life, is not easy. Living with others evokes all kinds of difficulties. When we get close enough to one another to offer love and support in an intimate way, our old family patterns, our fears, our needs, our limitations show up as well. They’re all right there in front of our nose. We may be able to avoid conflict in our prayer and meditation, but in community we might as well not try—conflict will come.” Jack Kornfield from “After the Ecstasy, the Laundry”
The multiple communities we are creating space for within the Center are in the stew too. The online communities through email, Facebook, and Twitter. The community of people who participate in classes and events. I appreciate each person in these communities and want the communities to be nourishing to everyone in them.
I have a very rich and hearty stew simmering! Do you have thoughts to stir in? This is a community stew, so I’d love for you to add to it with your comments.
p.s. I don’t want to leave you hungry without at least a recipe! Click here for one on my list to try.