I hear a lot of talk about Tribes and Villages. They seem to be the new words/concepts for how we used to say, “My peeps.” Regardless of the vernacular we use, we know when we’re among them. These are the people who See us. Because they want to see us, but also because we allow ourselves to be seen by them. We breathe a little bit easier when among our tribe.
[Aside prayer: I pray that one day I will be comfortable enough in my own skin to breathe easily no matter who I’m with or what the circumstance may be. And so it is. Amen.]
Back to our village. This week I am here. I am among such people. And this place has a name — it’s very appropriately called: Peace Village.
As I mentioned in the previous TLT post, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is… I Did,” I’m spending this week at a camp in New Mexico, sharing lessons on Trust with kids ranging in age from 7-13.
Peace Village is a national organization which holds camps, as well as after school programs and adult workshops, all focusing on non-violence. These programs are located in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Several of these states have more than one city where Peace Village is offered (Oregon with many locations) and there’s even one site in Haiti.
From the About page of their website, you will read that their “programs host teachers and students from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Native American backgrounds. They offer students a comprehensive view of the messages and practice of peace from a variety of world traditions, both spiritual and secular.”
The particular Peace Village I’m attending is the only one held outdoors. It’s located on the beautiful grounds of the High Mesa Healing Center in Alto, New Mexico. Being surrounded by nature adds an element of peace which would be difficult to replicate within a church or university setting, which is where other Peace Villages are held.
What a blessing it is to be here. To share such an experience and loving energy with all you come in contact with is the epitome of a blessing.
And whether the kids connect the dots now or connect them later in life, they are also receiving a true blessing. Their parents chose to enroll them in a camp that feeds their Spirit. Each day they begin in meditation, then attend classes on topics such as:
- caring for Mother Earth
- learning about the Circle of Life
- nature and fire prevention (Remember the recent fires in New Mexico? This was not a news story for many of theses kids, it was their life.)
The campers engage in the powerful, centering act of Walking a Labyrinth. They learn the 3 R’s:
- Release any stress, negative thoughts, emotions, or feelings as you enter and walk to the center
- Receive blessings, love, and all Life has to offer
- Return back the way you entered, with a sense of balance and peace
As these campers are guided through the wonders of Life, may they feel inner peace. TLT readers, may you find your inner peace, as well as your tribe, your village — your peeps who See you. And may you allow yourself to be seen for the beautiful creation you are.
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