The Possibility Alliance is something I have mentioned in a few of my posts, but I wanted to talk a little more in depth about it. Last summer, my youth group went to the Possibility Alliance at Still Waters Sanctuary in Missouri for our mission trip. Their mission is living for the upliftment of all life and reaching our highest human potential. We lived without the things we are used to like cell phones, electricity, and processed foods. I learned so much in the short amount of time we were there. A lot of it was about the environment, but I also learned about other things.
While we were there, I got a huge sense of community. The first night we were there was a Friday. We had supper that was in celebration of the week. We all enjoyed food that had been grown right there on the property. The best part was when we shared bread with each other. As strange as it may seem to you and me, we actually fed bread to each other. It was weird at first because these were strangers to us, but everyone was so genuinely kind. And if feeding bread to a stranger doesn’t break the ice, I don’t know what does.
Another thing that was different from what most of us are used to, was that we had many moments of mindfulness throughout the day. They would ring a bell at random times throughout the day, and when that happened we were expected to take a moment to sit in silence and reflect and meditate. This is something that we don’t do enough of in our normal lives. We need to take the time just think about things without the distraction of work, school, technology, and even other people. We need this silence to hear our own voice.
While we were there, we got so much closer to nature and the earth. Even though much of our lives revolve around being inside, we still need to spend time outside. I don’t know what it is, but there is something amazing about being out in nature where we were meant to be. I know some people aren’t huge fans of being outside, but it’s really important to just be outside sometimes. It gives us a break from the distractions in our lives and helps us to know ourselves better. It’s not really something I can describe too easily. Spending time in nature is just something you need to experience for yourself.
While these are only a few memorable things for me at the Possibility Alliance, they were very important experiences for me that taught me the importance of community with others, even if they are strangers, and being in nature without the things we often get much too distracted by in our lives. Now, I’m not saying to pack up all your things and go live off the grid, but considering trying to add these things to your own life.