1. Be kind and courteous
We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.
2. Respect and Privacy
Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group.
As mentioned in our 'About' section, our zoom sessions are not recorded out of respect for privacy. With this in mind, we ask that all participants have at least their first name visible in their zoom profile. This ensures each of us is accountable for the discussions we participate in.
4. Safety and Inclusivity
Please ensure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and negative comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
5. A Song of Sangha
"The heart that gives, gathers" (Tao Te Ching). We are here to lift each other up and encourage the inclusivity of Mindfulnest and the building of this community. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links will be removed as will posts from third-party personal profiles that are not members of the community.
There are lots of places to discuss politics and we encourage members to use those. Here, we may generalize and use terms or phrases like 'world events' or 'current affairs' rather than getting into discussions around the myriad of issues and opinions about politics or political figures. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated by the whole group!
7. About Religion
We welcome all faiths and/or religions and we respect that some religious references can be triggering. Please refrain from making direct references to religious material/topics and/or religious figures and symbols.
8. Practice Self Focus
Attend to and speak about your own experiences and responses. Do not speak for a whole group or express assumptions about the experience of others. Avoid giving advice unless it is explicitly requested.
9. Intent vs. Impact
Please understand the difference between intent and impact. Try to understand and acknowledge impact. Denying the impact of something said by focusing on intent can be more destructive than the initial interaction.