Well, I am four months into my new business and there have been many times over the past few months where I am truly overcome with gratitude. When I first opened Mountain View people would ask me, "So what kind of classes will you be offering?" My answer was, "whatever the community wants. We will see." I trusted that the people who needed and wanted to be here would come and they have. I am so thankful for all of the passionate and driven wellness practitioners who trusted me and my vision for Mountain View early on (even when the schedule was wide open).
Part of my vision is to create a physical and virtual infrastructure to help wellness practitioners come together, offer their programs, and follow their dreams. Whether it be Reiki, Sound Healing, Yoga, Mindfulness, or Crystal Grids, I am so happy to be of service to the many wellness practitioners who now call Mountain View Home. Another part of my vision for Mountain View is to create a physical space for the community to learn about wellness together, in person. Social Media can be a wonderful way to connect virtually, but there is nothing quite like face-to-face interaction. People are craving connection right. So many people feel isolated and lonely and are searching for "their tribe". I hope to create a real life, in person, community for wellness practitoners and wellness seekers alike with a space to connect and call home. I want Mountain View Wellness to be a "third place".
According to Ray Oldenberg in the book, "The Great Third Place", a third place is "where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation." These third places, "are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy". Mountain View can be a third home to many people with the idea that our concern and curiosity about wellness is what unites us. Yes, if the TV show "Cheers" comes to mind, you are on the right track! Take a moment and think about your own third places. Maybe it's your favorite coffee shop, maybe it's your local used bookstore, maybe it's your hair salon, maybe it's your gym, maybe it's even your yoga studio!
Third places often have a function beyond what they first appear to have. You often get more at your local coffee shop than coffee and a bagel. You get a kind, "hello", a chance to check in with a neighbor, the opportunity to connect with someone outside of your workplace or family. I personally, love being witness to the magic of others connecting at various third places. I smile when I think of my yoga students connecting after class, talking about the difficulties of taking care of aging parents, or asking each other about places to eat. I have seen friendships being made before and after classes. I feel all warm and fuzzy thinking back to the past few Interspiritual Fellowship gatherings. Spirituality bringing together strangers, Lauri and Carol providing such a nurturing and open atmosphere. So proud to be a part of this. With fear and negativity all around us, the idea of having a third place to restore and replenish is even more important than ever. So, whether you are a part of the Mountain View family or not, I invite you to look into your lives and ask yourselves where your own third places are and how they affect your well- being? If you don't have any third places, know that they are out there waiting for you! Good luck!
Below are a few links about the third place and its importance to our physical, mental, and social well-being.
Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love -- and why it's important.https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work
Read about how third places can build community. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2016/09/14/third-places-as-community-builders/