There’s a tribe of people, who I refer to as ‘my tribe’ even though many of them are people I don’t know. I know it instinctively when I meet them, or sometimes even just through encountering them online – it’s something I sense in their way of being.
For years now I’ve been trying to figure out what the name of this tribe is, what their shared characteristics are, and why I automatically love them and feel kinship with them, sometimes without even having met them in person.
I tried putting them into pre-existing boxes (sorry guys), like integral or systems thinkers, or lifestyle designers, or authentic relating junkies, but none of them fit for everyone and other people were invariably in those boxes who don’t belong in this tribe.
And then a few days ago, the seedling of a new, terrifying and wildly exciting project entered my head. This idea involves connecting with people whom I’ve wanted to connect with for a while – the ones where I get that little kid feeling of “I really want to be his/her friend!”
So just for fun, I started to write down names.
And just like that I had 15 people off the top of my head that I really want to connect with. I stared at the list and asked myself what the common denominator was.
And there was the answer to the question of the tribe, staring me in the face.
Wildly open hearts.
All of them are Wholehearted, Openhearted, Wildhearted.
Their highest values are unconditional love (of life, humans, non-humans, nature, spirit), soul-centered authenticity, personal and collective freedom, radical (self+social)responsibility. They are highly self-aware and committed to living in the present moment and embracing whatever that brings.
These are people who are not afraid of the dark (within) and because of this, they are radiant. They understand the transience of emotion and its gifts, and allow it to flow through them.
They all embody spiritual values, without that being an overt part of their identity or what they do.
I think this is a major characteristic of this tribe; that these values (love, compassion, gratitude, presence, etc.) are an inherent aspect of how they live, of their way of being, of what they bring into the world.
And all of these people are doing their heartwork. Each of them is bringing their unique spirit into what they are offering the world, and perhaps unsurprisingly, their offerings have a common thread.
That common thread is C O N N E C T I O N.
All of them are connecting people to each other, to the opposite sex, to nature, to their sexuality, to their personal power, to society, to Spirit, to their bodies…
But what makes their work different to others doing similar work, what gives it that special quality, that flavour that makes my heart squeeze in excitement and recognition, is the essence they carry in them, that infuses everything they do.
That humble honouring of life, the commitment to living each second of it intentionally, and the surrender to that mysterious force which flows through us, and which renders all we do meaningful in a way we cannot even begin to fathom.
This is my tribe. These are my people.
And – is this a little weird? – I have this burning desire to collect the tribe together. I don’t know how yet, but I’ll figure it out.
Because this is not just a tribe – it’s a movement, a new way of being.
And it’s one I’d like to see spread.
Ps, If this resonates, please GET IN TOUCH – I’d love to hear from you! (the more random and awkward the better – don’t hold back ;))