Long Term Conscious Living Center
“There’s a voice in the Universe entreating us to remember our purpose, our reason for being here now in this world of impermanence. The voice whispers, shouts, and sings to us that this experience—of being in form, space, and time—has meaning. That voice belongs to inspiration, which is within each and every one of us.
I think of the word inspiration as meaning “being in-Spirit. When we’re in-Spirit, we’re inspired…and when we’re inspired, it’s because we’re back in-Spirit, fully awake to Spirit within us. Being inspired is an experience of joy: we feel completely connected to our Source and totally on purpose; our creative juices flow, and we bring exceptionally high energy to our daily life. We’re not judging others or ourselves—we’re uncritical and unbothered by behaviors or attitudes that in uninspired moments are frustrating. Our heart sings in appreciation for every breath; and we’re tolerant, joyful, and loving.”
Written by Wayne W. Dyer
My long-term goals are to be a part of a center for peaceful conscious living where people of all ages learn to live with choice. Learning ways to re-parent ourselves and create wonderful compost for children to grow in.
Creating a Peaceful Conscious Living Center
How do we slow our lives down enough to have time for our families, our community, and ourselves in a sustainable loving cooperative way?
What is enough money? How can we share resources in order to cut down our costs? How can we begin to believe in abundance of time and money, instead of lack? How do we create a new concept of community center – a place for consciousness raising through classes, picnics, events, festivals and creative arts and healing modalities?
Playgroup and Parent Support Cooperative
It has been my intention for some time to develop not only as cooperative playgroup but also a center where parents can find substantial support as well. I have worked for many years with young children and while their needs have been obvious in certain ways (and hence, fairly easy to meet) those of their parents have been sorely neglected, which of course has repercussions on the whole family and the world at large. There needs to be a place where both children and their parents can come find respite and support. Although I plan to create activities that involve both parents and their children together, I also think some time separate from each other would be beneficial to both. On certain days of the week, while children are engaged in play or structured activities in one room, the parents can meet in the other for parent-focused workshops.
The Parent Support Group will provide parents with:
- A place to learn how to resolve conflict effectively and peacefully
- A place of relaxation
- A place to re-parent themselves, to become more aware of their emotional needs and how to meet those at the same time as taking care of young children
- A place to learn conscious parenting skills and get empathy
- A place where parents can choose between structured and unstructured activities
As countless studies have shown, the time between pre-birth and the age of two are crucial years for a child’s development This is when issues of trust, self-identity and a sense of whether the world is a place of security or not come into being. In order for parents to provide their children with safety and initiative, they also need such affirmations in their own lives. The isolation of parents with young children can be wearing at best. And self-questioning, a sign of health and flexibility, is inevitable part of the process (Is this best for my child?) The purpose of the cooperative is to take these issues into supportive consideration. This is so parents can see their particular confusions are not uncommon, that each parent struggles with the discovery of his or her profoundly human limitations and that these limitations are in no way reflective of one’s incapacity as a parent. They are rather cues for how best to build tolerance for one’s self, one’s own moments of confusion or anger.
There are few environments where the needs of both children and adults can be attended to. The best of intentions have often worked at cross-purposes. Parent’s especially single parents, have not been able to take time away from their children to be optimally attentive to themselves. The cooperative will provide them with a place where they can serve the family best. Some of the many workshops or activities the group will offer to parents are yoga, non-violent communication skills, nutritional tips, peer or couples massage, emotional support and understanding through movement monologue, dialogue work, playback theatre, shadow work, authentic sound and movement, writing drawing, prayer/affirmation Parenting by Connection and other modalities that work for them.