My Public Life – Living And Creating Community – “Macrobiotics 2.0”
The extent to which I am comfortable publicly sharing my life sometimes surprises even me. It is how I was raised, not just because I grew up in a “glass house” with thousands of other people, but also because everything our family did was different and was thought of as an opportunity to share something new to the world – all in the name of creating world peace. The lines between individual, family and community didn’t exist. At times, I forget that people don’t normally live like that and am reminded by the fear, suspicion, jealousy, resentment of others that they carry around inside themselves. That’s when I am surprised at myself because I don’t normally carry those fears in me. Furthermore, in order to cope with those fears people distract themselves in so many abusive ways that then lead to sickness and so many other problems. So, not only am I grateful of the open communal living I experienced but also of the macrobiotic values in our home. Because of this I mostly live openly without fear and have been healthy all my life. I wish everyone could experience community together with macrobiotics and have the expressive freedom and health that I enjoy.
I was happy to discover that people living in the Ionia Macrobiotic Community are like me. When I visited there it felt very much like home and the way I grew up. I gained a much greater respect for my youth and the community living that I experienced. It is clear to me now that macrobiotic living is best done in a community. It not only helps to sustain the healthy lifestyle but creates the environment and support structure that allows it to flourish and develop.
Without a supportive community I have seen too many individuals and families slowly compromise their macrobiotic practices and often give up and revert back to the world they came from. The problem isn’t because they don’t understand macrobiotics well enough. They are like seeds thrown onto the earth randomly – some fail to grow while others take root and grow into healthy plants. It isn’t because some seeds are more knowledgeable than others. No, the difference is that they are in an environment that supports their growth.
Practicing macrobiotics without a nurturing and supportive community is the same thing. An isolated person or family doesn’t have the proper support system to grow and flourish. They may be able to successfully practice macrobiotics themselves for the rest of their lives, but to flourish and develop beyond that requires the support of a community. In other words, if we are to be serious about living and flourishing macrobiotically then we must also create the community that supports it at the same time. They go hand in hand. This is “Macrobiotic 2.0”
…and I suspect that in order for macrobiotic communities to grow and flourish we will have to create One Peaceful World.