Love and Community

A Geographically Distributed Community


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While a sense of community is nice in that people become familiar and may even remember my name, last week, after four years, I was greeted by name and and given hugs at my old local haunt in North Miami Beach. I always thought Hemingway said the best way to make friends is by leaving a big tip, ensuring that your face is remembered at the bar, though I don’t recall paying enough for this type of annuity.

I took advantage of the break in my sublease here in NYC to visit H in Phoenix, and on my way back, made pit stops in Philadelphia and Miami, reinforcing the fact that I do have community in a few different places.

I visited my favorite cousins in Philadelphia for the 16th Annual John D. McDonald Memorial Golf Outing. These are the same cousins I connected with on a road trip twenty-six years earlier.

IMG_20160626_131430-COLLAGEI hung with my travel-cuz and stayed with two of my cousins for whom I officiated their marriage five years ago. While Philly isn’t for me, I know I’ve got family there. In fact, I’m passing through in a few weeks to pick up my guitar and take a few lessons. Hey, who’s doing Thanksgiving?

In Miami I reconnected with countless friends from a variety of circles. We caught up over yoga or a meal, danced ‘til dawn and fished our way down to Key West.

Key Biscayne Miami Four Seasons
Sunset over Key Biscayne, from the Four Seasons, Miami

The last evening I was there, my dear friend hosted a debriefing of my Spiritually Promiscuous travels with a discussion group of friends old and new.

Among a trusted group of wise people, I told of some observations, as well as a few techniques to incorporate into their own spiritual portfolios. The energy in these re-connections was so powerful that I know I will be back to Miami soon.

As I’ve pined before, it is nice to have a place to tether my kite. I’ve settled into Clinton Hill for a few weeks, and will commit to a longer term place come August.

This sense of settling has also given me the opportunity to structure some migratory routes, spending time along the way with friends and clients.

Having a base allows me to be able to visit others and have a home to which I can return.

How do you tie remote community into your schedule?


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6 Comments

  • If there is another discussion group gathering in Miami, especially somewhere in the Keys, I wonder if brand new friends might be invited. I share your feeling about Philly; it was so much “not for me” that one day I just shoveled snow off my car, scraped ice from the windshield, and started driving south. Palm trees and ocean breeze, and sunset in the Keys – yes!

  • Hey Peter. It appears we have a bit in common, not the least is guitar playing and a love of travel. Look forward to exploring more of your blog. Cheers from down under.

  • Thanks for sharing this post! I was having some “home base” pains earlier today. I spent the first 16 years of my life in the same, beautiful house. Since then, I haven’t lived in the same place for over a year, and while I love travelling, I am excited for the day when I find another forever home (or, as you so playfully put it, another place to tether my kite)!

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