"A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow." ~Unknown
,So much of the time, I find myself alone. And loving it. Take tonight for example...and the next 9 days. My hubby is gone on a backpacking adventure with his dad for over a week. I'm at home, after my evening walk, and I get to write. Something that I don't make a lot of time for when I'm surrounded by people. I enjoy time by myself, like any introvert does. But my weekend at Wanderlust Whistler brought about something new in me. A sensation that I don't think I've ever craved before. A need for an intentional, mindful, and playful community.
The one thing that I miss most since moving out of the city, is the constant opportunity for community. Whether I was teaching at a studio, or dancing at the local club, or even going for a walk down the street, I ran into people that made me feel at home. Now, I just get to start thinking outside the box of familiarity that I knew so well. All the while asking myself...
How can I continue to cultivate a sense of community, to inspire and be inspired? To collaborate and lean on? To feel like I don't have to do it all alone?
I've always needed connection. After all my love language is Quality Time. I have been a part of many communities that have helped form who I am today. Everything from my high school youth groups, drill teams, college dorm friends, study abroad connections, work buddies, yoga studio families, and dance floor favorites. These environments have been essential to my creation of me. They were always around and I never needed to try for them. They nourished me.
Being at Wanderlust invigorated something within me. Something that has been rising to the surface for some time. The courage to create connection and community in a way that recharges my introvert batteries. I've had many conversations with other introverted healers wondering the same thing.
What does it look like to stay true to myself and feed my human need for connection?
I don't have the answer, but just realizing how important it is not only to me, but others, lights a fire under my ass to try out some different solutions. A few ideas that I have are...
What other ideas do the introverts out there have?
I'm in no way saying that we need to conform to an extroverted world, but how can we fill ourselves up with connection to others, as well as to ourselves?
Often times, I find myself drained for many days after a social event, or teaching/leading large groups of people. So taking time to balance the outgoing energy with incoming energy is super duper important. Here are some ways that I restore myself when I've given too much.
What other ways to you give back to your Self?
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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