It’s love that builds community

love builds communityWhen we participate in a spiritual or healing practice, we become one with the source of abiding and ever-present love.

We share, co-create and sustain a safe place where compassion and wholeness can be nurtured for ourselves and others.

Participating in a spiritual practice is like lovingly tending to your plot in a community garden. Initially, the immediate benefit is personal. As the flowers and plants in your plot are nourished and receive regular care, the scraggly shoots thicken and unfurl abundant new leaves and buds.

Eventually, the other community gardeners take notice of your beautiful flowers or vegetables, and are inspired to spend more time weeding, watering and caring for their own plot. One or two may even kindly pull a few weeds in a neighboring plot to offer support for someone who was not able to make it over to the garden that week.

As more of the plants in the plots flourish, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects visit to pollinate, beautify the garden and complete the cycle. A sense of peace and abundance is felt among anyone who visits or works in the garden and sees its verdant goodness.

Working or practicing with love unites the sustained energy of the One into everyone, bringing people and resources together for the highest good of all.

Note: I was inspired to write this post after seeing this sign (photo above) at the Winnona Park Elementary School community garden.


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9 responses to “It’s love that builds community”

  1. I love this post Dana, so true. It’s how to discover our power to change the world 🙂

    1. I tell my students all the time – if you commit to regular self-practice, even if you never practice Reiki on anyone else, you are helping make the world a better place. 🙂 The community garden metaphor also applies!

  2. Reblogged this on Notes from the Bluegrass and commented:
    That’s how I feel about creating a community of people praying for peace every Sunday (see Collective Prayer Sunday page)

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! Blessings!

  3. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    It does take love to build a community. It takes someone giving directives to build a team. They are so different and yet often confused.
    I am on my way to Spokane over the next 24 hours so I am not sure about tending my blog for the next few days as I travel and settle into a different routine.

    1. Ivon,

      Thank you so much for sharing this! Deep gratitude to you.

  4. The gardening analogy really makes sense to me – the garden needs tending, and the results of the weeding, deadheading, composting,mulching, watering etc, brings brings an eventual harvest – like spirituality, which also brings love, beauty, and even truth (of some form or other). This is a wonderful post of how to help build up community – and not just of family & friends. Yes, I need to work on spirituality and the gardening. Thanks Dana, and also to Ivon (of teachers as transformers) for pointing out Dana’s post.

    1. Hi Bruce,

      Thank you for reading and for your comments! I’m so enjoying my garden this time of year, and the analogy seemed to fit (guess it’s where my head is at right now.) 🙂


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