Time to Let the Dream Flow
The Common Wealth Time Bank and The Flow Factory made their presence known at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day festivities at MLK Park, introducing a vibrant community to new ways of appreciating life and cultivating a more balanced economy. Our small table, set up with a great view of the stage, featured fliers for the Common Wealth Collective on Wednesdays at 7pm, the Zen and the Art of Making a Living workshop on Wednesdays at 5:30, Yoga on Thursdays at 6, and the I Am Aligned Morning Meditation. The fliers were aligned with the books Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Whole Life Economics, The Ascent of Humanity, and Flourish, and the tabel was accompanied by a standee featuring The Flow Factory weekly schedule and a white board asking the question, “How Valuable Is Your Time?”
The afternoon was largely filled with music, ranging from gospel to hip-hop, and even infusing a bit of opera, peppered with speakers extolling the virtues of Dr. King and his fellow freedom fighters. Throughout the day, the call went out for people to rise up and be the change they wished to see in the world. One of the speakers commented on how thirteen churches were passed during the morning’s ceremonial walk, but were joined by only three pastors, in one sense a condemnation of the lethargy in the black church while also a challenge to walk in the example of the heroes we celebrate.
In addition to celebrating Dr, King, there was, with the hefty presence of pastors taking to the microphone, the celebration of Jesus Christ and the freedoms that come through faith beyond those offered by legislated civil rights. Judging by the response of those that stopped by, there are quite a few people who are opening up to the reality that we have many more freedoms afforded to us than are being embraced by our governments and economic systems. Although a new and better way is not fully visible to everyone just yet, more and more people are realizing that it most definitely is just around the corner, and that what we must do to find our way to the promised land is to walk the distance it takes to get there. Fortunately, that distance is comprised only of the space between us and our neighbors for by moving toward one another, we will make the journey together.