In a community setting like ours, you’ll discover many similarities between your own experiences and those of others. This is wonderfully effective in removing barriers and shame, leading to deep healing.
Giving and receiving support is an important part of being in the community. A lot of this is done through sharing stories. Listening to one another’s stories helps nurture our capacity for empathy and understanding. It helps us to be more compassionate towards others, and just as importantly, towards ourselves. At the same time, learning to accept support builds bridges and reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness. We stop feeling like we’re going through this alone.
Another advantage of community life is that you have the chance to contribute, whether through opportunities for service, sharing your story, or being a listening ear. All of these things help to build confidence and self-esteem.
You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of your community experience even after returning home. Amongst other things, you’ll have the tools to ask for support when you need it, and to be an understanding listener when called for. You’ll view your relationships, and yourself, differently. And you’ll be able to approach challenges with a new kind of resilience that comes from the skills you’ve learned from your time within the community.