Being Your Own Village My daughter sketched this concept for me, about the Buddhist Vihara particularly the paintings where there is a projection of a pillar and then one side of the pillar is the village life, and the other side is the monastic life, claiming that the balance is required between the two. a major issue in today’s world seems to interpersonal relationship, we do not know how to deal with either ourselves or others. Simple survival requires us to be in possession of many skills. The pursuit of dreams requires many more. Most individuals rely on the support of a village, whether peopled by relatives or community members, to effectively address the numerous ways we need assistance. This can mean anything from asking favours of acquaintances and leaning on loved ones for support to paying a skilled artisan to handle specialized tasks. However, each human being is born with the capacity to be their own village. We embody many roles throughout our lifetimes, all of which are representative of our capacity for self-sufficiency and self-determination. In different moments in our lives, we are our own counsellor, janitor, caregiver, cook, healer, teacher, and student. Our willingness to joyfully take on these roles grants us the power to maintain control over the direction our life’s journey takes. We are now in the era of single discipline specialization, focus so we have not learned those survival skills. Many of us uncomfortable standing at the helm of our own existence. We question our ability to make decisions, concerning our won health, happiness and welfare and left feeling dependent and powerless. The authority to take ultimate responsibility for our lives is simply a matter of believing that we have the necessary faith and intelligence to cope with any circumstance the universe chooses to place in our path. Proving that we can each be our own villages through action enables us to accept that we are strong enough to exist autonomously. Cooking, cultivating a garden of fruits and vegetables, undertaking minor home repair, or adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you reassert your will. Being your own village does not mean embracing isolation, for a balanced life is built upon the dual foundations of the inner and the outer villages. Rather, being your own village is a celebration of your wondrous inner strength and resourcefulness, as well as an acknowledgment of your innate ability to capably steer the course of your life.