“The things we need most are the things we have become most afraid of, such as adventure, intimacy, and authentic communication. We avert our eyes and stick to comfortable topics. We hold it as a virtue to be private, to be discreet, so that no one sees our dirty laundry. We are uncomfortable with intimacy and connection, which are among the greatest of our unmet needs today. To be truly seen and heard, to be truly known, is a deep human need. Our hunger for it is so omnipresent, so much apart of our life experience, that we no more know what it is missing than a fish knows it is wet. We need more intimacy than nearly anyone considers normal. Always hungry for it, we seek solace and sustenance in the closest available substitutes: television, shopping, pornography, conspicuous consumption — anything to ease the hurt, to feel connected, or to project an image by which we might be seen or known, or at least see and know ourselves.”
I have been following a blog called Higher Existence for a while, but recently came across a three part post that has inspired me to share it with you. I will surely be spending the rest of the day, week or maybe longer contemplating Jordan Lejuwaan’s words and revisiting the ideas of community/communal living. It was only a few years ago that I would spend hours a day trying to persuade my husband that we should move into a co-housing project with his sister and their family.. but circumstances changed and we found a pretty fantastic niche for ourselves in a fabulous neighbourhood instead, not communal living but definitely the makings of a great community (we’re having our first block party in a few weeks).
Anyway, take a look at Jordan’s website and the project he is involved with and let me know your thoughts. Even if we don’t all rush up to Montreal for this particular project, there are plenty of ideas to think about.