The vision for Cosmosgarden is as a low-drama (ego aware) interfaith "perennialist" communal or semi-communal monastery with core values of kindness, service, and cooperation. Depending on the space, it may be solely women, or mixed.
Note: "Perennialists" are people who are open to perennial truths, from whatever source, whether from religions, literature, science, etc.
About me and this vision: I am an educated 59 year old solo woman who derives inspiration from many sources: science, poetry, "new thought," art, nature, photography, cooking, beautiful music, resourcefulness, design, etc. My experience and education span: Food and Nutrition; Consumer Economics; Paralegal (tax, family law); Technology (from programmer to desktop support); Handy-woman.
While I was raised in Reformed Judaism, I have been on my own spiritual journey since I was 12. While aspects of Judaism resonate with me deeply, Judaism also leaves me wanting...for support on a personal spiritual journey, for a monastic path, for a path beyond "613 commandments." I am drawn to the teachings of Buddha, Jesus (the prophet & teacher), the proponents of New Thought, mystics and mystical paths (e.g. Yoga, Sufi, Kabbalah).
I have also been drawn to the concept of intentional community since I was in my teens. I have lived in, and visited, numerous intentional communities, from egalitarian to Benedictine to yogic. Benedictine monasteries appeal to me for their focus on hospitality, contemplation, and service, and their communal lifestyle, where each person has their own room, but meals and other activities are shared. Beyond the Benedictine monasteries, I found a fairly strong alignment with communities centered around the works of Paramahansa Yogananda. Chanting. Meditation. Hatha Yoga. Natural Beauty. Simple Living/High Thinking. These all appeal to me. I also imagine I would find some alignment with Shakers communities as well (though there is only one left).
I am now 100% clear I want to live in a spiritual intentional community, and ideally one that is "perennialist." I am looking for others who share this vision.
Some other thoughts about the community:
* I like the idea of using Patanjali's ethical precepts of Yama (precepts of social discipline) and Niyama (precepts of individual discipline) as guideposts.
* I also see creating rituals that feel good, but for which participation is voluntary.
* I would love to see the community become self supporting (e.g. healing center, web design, food products, dog training, clothing design & production, etc.)
* I would love to see the community have a positive impact on the surrounding community, via example, service, and education.
* I embrace the notion of flexible organizations - that adjust to meet the members' needs.
Interested in this vision? Write & share what it is about this vision that speaks to you. We do not respond to general inquiries.
Namaste | Shalom | In Peace & Joy
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Because our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.