To Have & To Hold

The capacity to share and to receive opens us up to transformation. 

Whether with a story, a community, or a place, we create true connection when we show up as our authentic selves and are present to the real nature of our surroundings. May you explore this beautiful reciprocity with these offerings: 

They are stories that open the heart to the similarity in the other and stories that open us up to the yes and amen in ourselves.
— Joy Guion Bailey

What is your form of storytelling? How do you share your personal narrative? How do you receive the stories of others? As a photographer and writer, Joy Guion Bailey shares her intentional approach to storytelling in this article. By drawing out the raw and authentic versions of her portrait subjects with meaningful questions, she aims to exemplify that "everything matters."  

What role does community serve in your spiritual practice? How and when do you engage in practices of collective healing? In this article, Thich Nhat Hanh explores the challenges and benefits of practicing sangha, "a community of friends practicing the dharma together in order to bring about and to maintain awareness." He reminds us that in holding spaces of acceptance and refuge for each other in our imperfections, we are all elevated and transformed. 

When you allow yourself to be in the sangha the way a drop of water allows itself to be in the river, the energy of the sangha can penetrate into you, and transformation and healing will become possible.
— Thich Nhat Hanh