I learned a lot in 2013. It was a year of growth, transformation, humility, discovery, and so much more. Going through another TMS experience, being a new mom, and finding out what wasn’t working in my life caused me to look deeply inward in whole new ways. What did I find?
1. I learned that I still didn’t completely trust myself.
2. I learned that I was afraid to reach out and ask for help.
3. I learned that I was still not being very loving to myself in many ways.
4. I learned that I was longing for more community with like-minded individuals.
The discoveries that came from those insights were:
I discovered that whatever I need to know, it’s already available in that place of stillness, behind the chatter of the mind. I can trust myself when I listen within (I like to use the Core Anamsong Practice as a listening within practice).
I discovered that asking for help creates connection, and that it’s ok.
I discovered that my health and happiness cannot be complete without loving myself in every possible way.
I discovered that community is vital for me, and that I get to create whatever community I need.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about these discoveries. I’ve wondered how you feel, out there, in your own mind-body experience. Do you long for community, too? Do you wish you had a place to talk emotions, body awareness, TMS, stress-relief, self-love, and connect with others who are doing inner work?
The hardest work, in my opinion, and the easiest to let slide, is inner work. Inner work is the stuff you do in your own bedroom, with tears, journals, meditations, and truth.
It’s not the kind of thing you talk about much in social settings. Sure, we talk about meditation. But we don’t always talk about the deeper aspect of meditation – the awareness of our own embarrassing patterns, our hardest emotional discoveries, the confrontations we have with our shadow. Inner work is a solo experience, but that doesn’t mean we have to feel alone.
So I found myself thinking….
What if I created a place where people from anywhere could converge, using technology, and find:
Support for learning to trust themselves and continuing to do so throughout their lives.
Support for learning how to ask for help, and a community in which to do so.
Support for learning to love themselves – shadow and all.
A community where connection goes beyond just a shared interest in mind-body work.
What I mean by all of that is I’m envisioning an Anamsong Community that addresses all four points above. I imagine it creates a space for learning to allow emotions and is a place where you can discover the gentle art of embracing anger, fear, sadness, and the messages that flow from them to help you create joy, health, and strength. I imagine it’s a place where you get support from both me and each other, so that you don’t have to feel alone in your inner work and personal growth process.
I imagine this community would be private, because Facebook just isn’t a great place to share our deepest inner work. I imagine this community would be inspirational, uplifting, and like a soft place to fall and be embraced when you’re feeling lost. It would be a place where you could confront the blocks keeping you from creating what you want, and learn to grow without beating yourself up over everything.
Most of all, it would be a community of compassion – compassion for the darkest shadows, deepest emotions, most frustrating limiting beliefs, and everything else inside of us.
What I learned, above all else, last year, was this: When you bring light (awareness) to the darkest places, they are transformed. And the hardest practice is letting yourself be aware of those things you think you don’t want to see or know about yourself. It’s why we repress, suppress, avoid, and hide from ourselves.
It takes absolute kindness and compassion to shine the light of awareness into the places we don’t want to go. It takes support. It takes community. It takes knowing you are not alone, and that we all have those same places. It takes courage. It takes conviction. But, above all else, it is the work we must do if we want to live more consciously, awaken to our true nature, and be at peace in our hearts.
I want to create my own community for anyone who wants to practice all of the above in their own lives.
Right now, it’s just a seed of an idea. I thought I’d share it with you all, with the purpose of asking you this:
If I do create an Anamsong Community for Mind-Body Support, what would you want it to look like? What would you want help/support around? What are your ideas, if you have any? It would be a lot of fun to create this together, from the very beginning.
You can post your ideas below in the comments, and I’d also love to have you join me for a conversational call about this on Tuesday, January 21st, at 9 am PT, 10 am MT, 11 am CT, and Noon ET. I’ll be sharing more of my ideas and asking you for yours. I want to talk to you all and I want to hear what you need most as you continue your inner work and mind-body journey.
Register for the call by clicking here, and then save the date. Can’t wait to connect!