*This is a guest post by Gabriel Baldwin of sunrisecoop.org. Gabriel had just read our post Invitation to the Dead Horse Party, and wanted to share his creative plan for action. After meeting Gabriel, it was clear he not only gets it, but shares our assertion, that we must create our own movement to foster personal freedom, and health sovereignty in all areas of our lives. While Exist Anew is not a part of sunrise coop, we wanted to offer Gabriel a chance to share the cooperative project and the action he is taking to create his own freedom:
Making healthy choices while living in today’s world is pretty hard. Maybe you eat something that leaves you feeling gross or you skip your regular movement practice more often than you’d like. Sometimes it feels like you’re alone in this journey. Does this sound familiar?
Now imagine you woke up in a house where a dozen other people were on the same page as you. How would your day be different? People are still primates at heart. We are monkey see, monkey do. If our friends, roommates, and family members eat or live a particular way we are likely to be influenced in that direction whether we would like to be or not. How could you shift your setting to support your choices? We acknowledge it is impossible to change the way everyone around us behaves.
We can create a home and community full of people that are excited about making healthy choices. And that is precisely what we are doing! Do we abandon the others in our lives? No, of course not. We invite those that we care about to visit us. Heck, why not invite the neighbors and anyone that is interested over for a meal or event?
Our intentional community is founded with the vision of creating a physical space that embodies the paleo lifestyle in an urban environment. Our core values are healthy living, sustainability, respect for human diversity, and compassion for all beings.
Where did this idea come from? I have lived in a coop for nearly three years. We each rent a bedroom and share common spaces and expenses. Interestingly, in college I lived in a fraternity, which first sparked my interest in living in community. I have found community living to be deeply nourishing and want it to continue to be central to my life.
I started a paleo diet in January 2011 as part of my ongoing search for ways to feel better in my body. This past year I began exploring other ways I could live to the fullest. One of my favorite practices has been going outside barefoot every morning for some mindful movement and meditation, which in New England can be rather cold and snowy!
Taking responsibility for my living situation, I realized that living in a vegetarian coop was not supporting my dietary choices. I want to live in a community that champions my life choices and I discovered that none of the coops in Boston or elsewhere would meet my needs!
When I reached out to see if the vision of creating a paleo coop resonated with others, I received overwhelmingly positive responses. There are people interested in living in the coop, people who expressed excitement about being part of the greater community, and people who are thrilled just to know that something like this is being created.
We have built up the coop membership to eleven people and continue to receive interest in living with us. We have an incredible team who wish to be supported and support others in their personal health journeys! Incorporating the vision of the other members has been a really exciting and rewarding process. This combined vision is what you will see when you read more about us on our website
We are currently fundraising to purchase a large house for the Sunrise Coop in the Boston area. You can make a tax deductible donation to assist with the down payment of the first-ever affordable paleo rental cooperative at: http://fundly.com/sunrise-coop-gathering-in-healthy-living