I am preparing for a Medicine Bundle Ceremony and reflecting on its meaning to community. We can learn alot about community in studying the native traditions.
In the Plains Native tradition, community was an integral part of life, everyone worked together to hunt and gather, to prepare food, as well as to celebrate together. In our modern society, we seem to have lost that connection, and people are craving human interaction.
One of the facets of Medicine Bundle Ceremony is about building community and practicing reciprocity (the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit). People who come to ceremony bring items that they have in abundance, and it is shared with others in the community. It is a perfect example of reciprocity in community, and an opportunity to share a profound connection with people you meet.
Let your mind wander to a time when those you know may be struggling during an economic downturn, how beautiful would it be to be part of a community who practices reciprocity. Community food redistribution (part of the ceremony) allows all in the community to share in the abundance.