How to Build Community

Here’s this awesome poster I saw in Sedona, Arizona that’s titled “How to Build Community.” I think it’s awesome! Wanted to share the thoughts with you.

Turn off your TV

Leave your house

Know your neighbors

Look up when you are walking

Greet people

Sit on your stoop or porch

Plant flowers

Use your library

Play together

Buy from local merchants

Share what you have

Help a lost dog

Take children to the park

Garden together

Support neighborhood schools

Fix it even if you didn’t break it

Have pot lucks

Honor elders

Pick up litter

Read stories aloud

Dance in the street

Talk to the mail carrier

Listen to the birds

Put up a swing

Help carry something heavy

Barter for your goods

Start a tradition

Ask a question

Hire young people for odd jobs

Organize a block party

Bake extra and share

Ask for help when you need it

Open your shades

Sing together

Share your skills

Take back the night

Turn up the music

Turn down the music

Listen before you react to anger

Mediate a conflict

Seek to understand

Learn from new and uncomfortable angles

Know that no one is silent though many are not heard work to change this

I think this is a great list of things to start thinking about doing more often in our lives and communities. Our current system has created distance from each other. It has caused us to live in fear of each other and always worried about what’s going to happen. We know that this is only ego thinking keeping us trapped and unhappy. We live lives full of searching and never finding. Constantly needing more and more without satisfaction. Our consumer culture feeds ego thinking and tells you need certain things to be happy. But we know better! We know that happiness is created from within not from outside things or people. Happiness attracts happy circumstances and conditions not the other way around. We need to learn to love each other again or perhaps for the first time…

Start with friends and family. Be generous and kind to those close in your life. Tell them how much they mean to you. Enjoy the bond that you share in your experience of life together. Revel in the beauty of your companionship. We are all connected and what we do for others we do for ourselves. So many masters have preached this time and time again and now even science has shown us that there is no separation. We attract to ourselves what we give to others. So give love, give compassion, give support, give hope, give encouragement, give strength, and give truth to those important in your life and perhaps one day you’ll extend that to all your brothers and sisters of the human race. Each one of us has the power to change this world and universe in our own way. It is in the smallest of things. They’re what seem like tiny opportunities but yet have enormous effect! Strive to be more conscious and give love as often as you can.

Always Love-

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