You know the feeling. The one where you are supported, loved and heard by your girlfriends – the group of people that know you as well as your family, if not better. It may have been when you graduated from university - closer to your classmates in those final days of class than seemingly your partner or your siblings. Or the feeling that you get when you play sport or spend time with a group of people passionate about the same activities that you are (in my case, it might be scuba diving or yoga). It may not be family, close friends or fellow hobbyists– it may be your amazing team mates at your small group training club (I’m super lucky to have an amazing group of people to work out with), other online gamers in your favourite game, fellow students in your course or an online group that you are a part of. But that feeling of community, that feeling of others having something in common with you, however small - that is what it means to be a part of a TRIBE. It keeps the loneliness birds at bay, it gives us purpose and it allows us, as human beings, to truly nourish each other.
Women are naturally fairly communal creatures - we gather to talk, laugh, cook, practice or celebrate. Or at least, we used to. When did this togetherness fall by the wayside? When did it become easier to be disconnected, rather than connected. There is power, beauty, love and strength in groups of women being together in circle, and indeed in a sisterhood. I am extraordinarily excited to bring together this group of women from around the world for the best parts of social media connection.
I love this quote from Starhawk on community, being 'home' and I think, what it means to be a part of a 'tribe':
"We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been - a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free."
Ikigai and community
The concept of ikigai also recognises the importance of being part of a community and understanding your place in a community (physical or otherwise). It is about feeling part of something bigger than just ourselves. It is human nature to crave that intimacy with others, and for those who find it, like the Okiniwa people from which ikigai originates, it may also help contribute to a long and happy life. Community is at the heart of ikigai – finding a ‘reason for being’ is intertwined with understanding our role in a community, whatever that community might be.
Soul Tribe Sisterhood
The Soul Tribe Sisterhood is a supportive group of women from around the globe - celebrating love and joy, and the pursuit of purpose and passion in each of our lives. It is about connection in the best way possible - belief in each other and unconditional support for our individual journeys. Inspiration, understanding and information on how we can find our 'why' and celebrate our individuality. Above all - the sisterhood is about finding our purpose for this life - so that we can embrace and enjoy each day to the fullest. It's about friendship, support, love and kindness.
We are an online community - all of the BEST bits of online connection. It is a place for us to be inspired, to be encouraged and encouraging, to share our intentions for the week ahead and to celebrate the little wins along the way. We will learn more about each other - the authentic, 'real' stuff, not the bullshit facade that is often posted on social media. We are real, we are sisters, we are members of a tribe. The Soul Tribe Sisterhood.
Starhawk, 1992 Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, & Politics. Boston: Beacon.