Monica Marie Jones
The Making of a Movement
This morning while taking a Speak Up Ride on my Peloton bike, the instructor, Tunde Oyeneyin, said something that stuck with me…
“Movements are the story of how we come together when we’ve come apart.”
It made me think of every community I’ve ever co-created and how they were born out of having parts of ourselves come undone and our need to mend them through the power of connection. A lot of emphasis has been placed on self-care, which is an absolutely necessary component of healthy relationships with ourselves and others, but during these challenging times in our world, community care is more important than ever. Here are a few ways to gather your people and begin to move together in navigating the weight of the world in a like-minded community of care.
Diversion. When I was in college, I totally thought that I would continue the dance study and career that I had been cultivating since I was 8 years old. So, imagine my surprise when I auditioned for the university’s dance team and they told me that I didn’t make it because I didn’t have the collegiate look. That discrimination catapulted me into action. As I was on my way out, I started a dance group so no one else who looked like me would have to experience what I did. That organization, The Diversion Dance Troupe, just celebrated their 21st anniversary on campus.
What community might you cultivate that’s greater than you?
The Soul Tribe. I knew that group coaching might be a small part of my offering, but I was really focused on the one-on-one component of my coaching business. That all changed when I truly began to listen to my clients, and I realized that perhaps what they needed was one another. I tested it out by having a few events at my home and magic ensued. Walking the journey together was the perfect supplement to their individual inner work. Unlike children, it becomes increasingly difficult to make meaningful connections as an adult. Instead of bonding around trauma, which is often what brings us together with others, this group of women bonded around the shared goal of personal and professional development. They all wanted something greater for themselves.
Who are or could be the members of your Soul Tribe?
Cycle Breakers. If we think about the histories of our families and communities, we can see where patterns and habits repeat themselves. What we might also see is someone who broke cycles of poverty, addiction, abuse, or other destructive behaviors that have continued through the generations.
The people that overcome such cycles have a very different orientation to and outlook on life, which may make it challenging to relate to others with their same level of health, wealth, and success who arrived there by way of a smoother road. This is how I bonded with women in a couple of the mastermind groups that I am a part of. We can all understand where and what the others have come from, and we hold one another accountable for constant growth and support.
What cycles are you breaking and who do you need to be in community with to maintain your new path?
This week I challenge you to find your movement. In the midst of the world seemingly coming undone, find your people who can help you put the pieces back together again.
Manifestation Affirmations I am curating my community. I am contributing to a cause that is greater than me. I am surrounded by a like-minded community of care.
Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide