Your Allies On Life's Journey Finding Your Tribe

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JLH, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.

    The individuals who eventually become members of your unique tribe are out there in the wide world waiting for you. You are destined to find them, one by one, as you move through life. Sometimes your own efforts will put you in contact with your future tribe members. At other times, circumstances beyond your control will play a role in helping you connect with your tribe. If you look about you and discover that you are already allied with a wonderful and supportive tribe, remember that there are likely many members of your tribe you have not yet met. On the other hand, if you feel you are still living outside of your tribe, broadening your horizons can help you find your tribe members.

    However your life develops after you come together with your tribe, you can be assured that its members will stand at your side. On the surface, your tribe may seem to be nothing more than a loose-knit group of friends and acquaintances to whom you ally yourself. Yet when you look deeper, you will discover that your tribe grounds you and provides you with a sense of community that ultimately fulfills many of your most basic human needs.

    Daily OM
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    that my 'tribes' include my support group, and here...

  3. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    I liked this so well, I printed it off and sent it to my sister, who is in my "tribe" but has been showing signs of alzheimer's recently. I just wish I knew how to support her through this, as I did such an awful job of it when my mom went through alzheimer's (she died last May).
  4. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    I thought you might be interested in what "Om" or "Aum" means.

    In Eastern Religions this is the most sacred word/sound or the ultimate, all encompassing prayer. It is very holy.

    In the Hindu tradition, Aum (OM) represents the union of the three gods: A for Vishnu, U for Shiva and M for Brahma. It is also the representation of the three Vedas or sacred texts.

    In Hindu philosophy (the Upanishad) A represents creation, U the preservation of life through balance and M the end of cyclic existence.

    It is believed to be the great sound present at the creation of the Universe.

    In many traditions it is so sacred, such a complete expression of spiritual energy that it must only be uttered when one is totally focused on its meaning.

    I can't think of a Christian equivalent. Do you know if there is one?

    It is a fascinating "word", is it not? Well, that's my little Yogic contribution for today.

    Peace out,
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Thank you so much for your explanation of what "Om" or "Aum" means! I appreciate the education!

    How interesting! Of course, I did not know that info!

    I do not know if there is a Christian equivalent or not. Maybe someone else might know.


  6. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    It is fascinating, isn't it. Hinduism is fascinating! From the Hindu tradition we get Yoga and much else.

    I used to think it was a sound used by people when they meditated which was intentionally meaningless. I think I probably got that idea in the 1970s when people were "turning on" to TM (Transcendental Meditation) and all had a "secret" mantra given to them by their teachers. I don't know if you're old enough to remember that time but there's even a funny scene re not telling anyone what your mantra is in a movie of the time: Bob & Carol, Ted & Alice.

    Anyway, it is actually a profoundly sacred syllable.

    I love Wikipedia!

    Peace out,