The Commune Blog

The 5 Fresh Herbs We’re Drinking on the Commune (and Why)

the lab Apr 11, 2020
 
While it’s not true that drinking warm liquids will prevent coronavirus, we’ve nonetheless fallen into a routine of herbal teas here in Commune Topanga — mint in the morning, lavender at night, rosemary, sage, and thyme (yes, they make great tea!) in between. These herbs are simply bursting out of the hillsides right now, and their vibrant aliveness has suddenly made our...
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Why We Gather

the lab Apr 11, 2020
Nearly 30% of all millennials self-identify as religiously disaffiliated, subscribing to no institutional religion. While many churches provide community, an infrastructure for charity and a place of spiritual refuge and worship, institutional religion has turned off many young people through scandal and social policy that seems to lag behind the times. We explored this idea in depth in...
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A Simple Game to Rekindle Your Dinner Conversation

the lab Apr 11, 2020

Rose, Bud, Thorn is a nightly conversation game I learned as a summer camp counselor years ago. Surprisingly, it has become a big hit here in Commune Topanga quarantine. Every night Jeff and Schuyler’s daughters insist we play — maybe because they want to head off any talk of statistics and politics, but, I have come to suspect, because they crave the healing hidden in the game.

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Homemade Masks and Revisiting the 3 Rs

the lab Apr 11, 2020
 
When I filmed Julia making a homemade face mask this weekend, my intention was to write a DIY post. But as I watched her discuss her materials (an old sheet, leftover jewelry wire, thick elastic cut thin enough to use), another angle emerged. 

We have entered an era where the CDC is posting articles on how to make your own mask and videos with the U.S. Surgeon General in full dress...

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Surrender to the Wim of the Moment

the lab Apr 11, 2020

When we say honor the teacher, we mean honor their wisdom and experience. The best way to travel a land you’ve never been to before is with the humility of a stranger — and that sometimes means relying on directions and trusting the process.

So when Wim Hof stopped by and decided to throw an impromptu “BYOI” party (Bring Your Own Ice), it was an exercise in surrender....

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Meeting a New Feathered Neighbor

the lab Apr 11, 2020

Every night on the property you can hear two owls. One has a deep, slow hoot — a steam engine finally pulling into the station. The other is higher pitched, questioning. We’ve never seen them, but they have pet names anyway: Bert and Ernie.

That’s the preamble... 

Now the sun is setting and 9-year-old Micah runs into the kitchen shouting, “There’s a stuffed...

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What is Acceptance?

the lab Aug 12, 2019

The true beauty of our community here can be summed up in that very word. Living in community allows us to grow in our connection to ourselves, to our world, and to each other — but it also comes with challenges. How do I smooth over disagreements? How do I see the other side of the situation? How do I serve the greater good, when that means denying myself? 

Surrender to the...

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A Place for the Heart

the lab Apr 23, 2019
 
What is heart-centered living?

Living through emotional intelligence.

Stepping into what feels right and connected.

Finding purpose and meaning in your actions.

Working intentionally with human energies.

Getting intuitive about the unseen and unknown.

Pulling back the curtain on what is.

Pushing the boundaries of what’s comfortable in order to find what’s right.

Accepting...

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