… we paid attention to how we were growing to be more than participants, but a newly formed community of friends, which embodies so many qualities I was striving to nurture in myself, with a fascinating new way of re-configuring our relationships: more authentic, deep and more mindful. The feeling of being interconnected was moving, and memorable. And I started seeing how such healing and creation of the self and relationships, in any context, to go a long way to create a better future for ourselves, families and communities.
This view of collective life is framed with assumptions about the paradoxical nature of group life. Like-principled people can see the paradoxical nature of living in communities, and conflict can be looked at as expressing something on behalf of the collective and its wholeness with paradox. Through principled reflection we may come to understand more clearly those paradoxical forces that draw us into the repeated oscillations of enchantment with the side we identify with and despair when the side we don’t identify with emerges.