One of the essential elements of any society, group, or even family is the ability to effectively relate. As defined below, is it any coincidence that relating is described on three levels, perhaps this reflects the three levels of humanity; Mind, Body, Spirit.
When we can relate to each other, in a way that can represent ourselves on these three levels, then maybe we can live together as a global community instead of separating ourselves into ‘us and them’.
v. re·lat·ed, re·lat·ing, re·lates
1. To have connection, relation, or reference: The symbols relate to an earlier system.
2. To have or establish a reciprocal relationship; interact: She doesn't relate well to her peers.
3. To react in response, especially favourably: I just can't relate to these new fashions.
To narrate or tell – our thoughts (Mind) – an example of which would be the use of responsible communication, such as using “I” statements instead of projecting, “you did/should/supposed to” etc. (for example: “I heard” instead of “you said”)
To bring into or link in logical or natural association – our feelings (Heart/Spirit) – Relating to others by seeing them as representations or extensions of ourselves, rather than saying “he’s/she’s/they’re different, not like me”, embracing the ‘difference’ and trying to gain something from the experience. Knowledge is wisdom, wisdom is freedom...
To establish or demonstrate a connection between – our actions (Body) – Living on the land that can provide us with everything we need to survive and thrive. We are made from the Earth and are in that respect a part of it. So by default there is a relating there, which we can take on step further by integrating our actions to match...
Our thoughts relate to our speech and our speech to our actions.
If these are all related to relating/relationships,
then we, who are a part of Kanjini, which itself means “to care for, to support, to nurture and protect”,
can work together with all aspects of our being to relate to all aspects of our environment.
Relating to ourselves
How many of us have a good, or even great, relationship with ourselves? Can we say that we Love ourselves, without Ego? Do we take time out to smell the Roses, or give our Friends and Loved Ones a kind word or a meaningful Hug? One of the aims of Kanjini is to promote Self awareness, being responsible for ourselves and our lives, including self-nurturing and ownership of our actions, what we say and how we feel...
Relating to others
Since we will be living in community and working towards serving the greater (Global) community, it is important that we can learn to integrate relating to ourselves in order to relate to others. When we can be responsible for ourselves, then we will learn and know that ‘others’ truly are an extension of ourselves, thus creating a greater space for forgiveness, openness, tolerance, acceptance of differences, and friendship....
Relating to our environment
Our environment includes the Land, Flora, Fauna, Waterways, the Co-op and the wider Community. Being aware of the impact our actions have in these all of these areas, and being mindful to work in ways that are harmonious and beneficial will be rewarding beyond measure....
There will be regular workshops for all members living on Co-Op land.