Are you inspired by positive personal growth, extending acceptance and compassion for yourself and others?
Do you experience days when striving to be your best-self is overwhelming and you want to hide under a rock?
Both of these perspectives are aspects of being human. Some days being open-hearted is easy, and some days it isn’t. Welcome to the duality of being human!
Choosing to be your best-self in all circumstances takes diligence and hard work. Social and cultural norms are often stacked against us.
Many of us grew up learning that good girls don’t talk back, ever. Good boys don’t show vulnerability. Nice people put others first at all costs. If you extend compassion to yourself you’re a slacker.
This is why finding a community of like-minded people is critical. It provides support on your down days, and allows you to encourage others when they need it.
As each person grows on his or her own, while assisting other members in the community, a ripple effect of kindness, acceptance, and compassion flows outward to your loved ones, to people you see often but don’t know well, and even to those you find to be difficult.
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
As you strive toward being your best-self daily, let’s examine the benefits of joining a like-minded community
A group creates accountability and reinforces good habits
Some days, when you’re on your own, it is easy to give up and revel in small mindedness.
Like meeting friends at the gym for group fitness class motivates you to work out, finding a group focused on personal growth provides encouragement for developing a consistent outlook. Being accountable to a group while you’re enhancing your personal development reduces the likelihood that you will throw in the towel.
Joining a group reinforces why you’ve chosen to do the hard work of being an inspiring, fantastic, open-hearted person. It gives you a boost of encouragement to continue with your own individual cultivation at home.
Walking a path of acceptance and compassion for self and others takes mental and emotional effort and energy, which often, in turn, gives rise to resistance. Participating with a group of like-minded people, who share your ideological beliefs and values and are focused on personal growth, creates accountability for actually walking that path.
A group offers opportunity to receive feedback and share ideas
Personal growth groups often include participants of varying levels.
If you’re new to embracing self-acceptance or working with your inner-critic, you may find that other members of your group provide useful insight and help you see new ways of viewing difficulties. Group members share their own experiences, successes and challenges, which often provide new perspectives. The group dynamic uplifts and empowers everyone present.
Working on self-acceptance and self-compassion with only books or online guides as aids often leads to sporadic practice. Therefore, facilitated groups provide an opportunity to maintain something more than is achieved at home alone.
Knowing others around you face the same challenges helps ease isolation and builds resilience. Often hearing stories of how someone else dealt with the same challenge inspires you to continue moving forward.
A group creates community
Participating in community supports your individual inward journey. Connecting with others who share your intentions for world peace is inspiring and motivating. Participating in a group reduces isolation and loneliness and helps you recognize that “just like me”, others experience these same challenges.
Sharing this path for personal growth also lets you come together with shared intentions for change. Global movements often begin with a small handful of people strongly unified by a common intent. Applying Gandhi’s suggestion to “be the change you wish to see in the world” becomes easier when you are part of a collective crowd.
When actively practicing personal growth strategies you become part of the planet’s evolution, not its degradation. Individually you may not see the effect of living life with acceptance and compassion, but the group effect multiplies each single member’s actions and intentions.
We’d be honored if you choose Cultivating Compassion Club to be your personal growth group!
Cultivating Compassion Club provides:
- Weekly small group meditation, coaching, and conversation sessions geared toward helping you move toward peace of mind and resilience
- Support from like-minded people who are inspired grow and become even better
- Daily inspirations and rich conversation via a private FB group
- Access to a library of Amy Pattee Colvin’s guided meditations, with new additions monthly