A question I often get from listeners in our community is…
What is the story behind Action tribe? Why did you name it so?
Because the truth is that you enjoy the experience of being referred to as Action tribe,
which I do pretty often during the episode.
You might not be able to explain this sense of camaraderie and belonging you feel within our community,
but like I always say, energy speaks more than words..
And I’m sure that you can sense this web of interconnectedness that connects each and every one who listens or has ever listened to this show…
So in today’s episode, I’m going to explain the back story.
Alright, so let’s begin…
Action Tribe – that’s 2 words…
Action… and Tribe…
Let’s start with ‘Action’…
Whether we admit it or not, we all have a relation with that word.
When I began my self development journey, I had set some goals for myself.
- I wanted to wake up early..
- I wanted to start a blog of my own…
- I wanted to lose some weight and go to the gym….
But very often, I was say things to myself, but not really follow through on it…
Does that sound familiar?…
And in the evening or maybe a week down the line, when I would realize that I hadn’t followed through, I would start criticizing myself and blaming myself for not being able to execute my plans.
I would be hard on myself,
and guess what?….
The situation would get even worse because I would have all this emotional overwhelm and internal chatter going on in my head
(in addition to not having taken action and accomplished my goals!)..
And sometimes, I would give myself an identity…
“I’m a failure”
“Or that I’m stupid”
“Or that I’m just slow”
Which in retrospect was a bad decision..
What I realized was that self improvement and personal development is a journey…
It’s a process of unfolding, letting go and unlearning…
And that’s why It’s even more important to be kind to yourself…
And give yourself some self love and appreciation for the journey that you’re on.
It’s really not easy to change your life and re-write the subconscious programming that going on 24×7…
And so I decided that if I were to give myself an identity, I might as well give myself an identity that empowers me and one that makes me feel like I’m in control..
That’s how I began to acknowledge that I’m…an Action taker.
And that made a huge difference!
Being an action taker means you’re in control of your who you surround yourself with, your thoughts, your emotions and your actions…
And the latest research in epigenetics suggests that if you take care of these factors, then you can literally change your gene expression!
Isn’t that amazing?
You’re in control!
You’re not limited to the genetic traits that you received from your parents!
So that was Action….
Now let’s move on to the ‘Tribe’ part of Action Tribe..
According to the ‘Urban dictionary’..
Yes, I chose the Urban dictionary because sometimes you need to break rules…
But according to the Urban dictionary,
‘A tribe is a group of friends that becomes your family.
The people that will be there for you no matter what and who you’re guaranteed to have a good time with.’
And as I was growing up, I never had this group of friends that I could belong to or hang out with or just feel like I was part of…
I always had this yearning, this craving to belong somewhere. Anywhere!
We all have this sense of wanting to be accepted.
This need to belong….
To a tribe, community, group, city or even a nation.
This is our basic need – at the Root chakra level.
But I never had that…
Probably because I was always the odd one out, and a bit strange compared to the other.
I am a left handed person, and people would make fun of my funny and awkward way of writing.
I wasn’t too much into pop culture…
I’d much rather spend my lunch breaks by myself drawing sketches of batman or spider-man or superman.
Or spew out random facts about the world because I loved general knowledge!..
Like what’s the capital of Ethiopia or What’s the deepest part of the ocean?
I was really good at day dreaming and recording stuff on my computer and speaking in different accents and playing my guitar…
And in retrospect?..
I was different from the other students in class..
- I didn’t fit into the christian group because my mom was Christian…
- Nor did I fit in with the Hindus because my Dad was Hindu….
And looking back, I think it was a good experience because it taught me to be comfortable by my own self.
And more importantly, I began to build a relationship with the Universe…..
And subconsciously call upon it for strength and insight.
And when I went to college?..
I decided to go to another city called Pune to study at a University called Symbiosis, which attracted students from all over Asia and beyond…
This was my opportunity to just push beyond my comfort zone and experience life away from my home..
But for the 1st few months, I had a hard time belonging…
I noticed that each group wanted you to conform to its norms, mindsets and pattern of behavior…
All people wanted was to do was go to parties, drink, gossip about one another, play mind games, attend classes and live for the weekend.
That….wasn’t really my idea of life.
And I always thought I was the strange, weird one because I didn’t aspire to most of their ideals..
And then one night it dawned on me…
I asked myself, ‘Why did I come to this University?’
‘….and how many international students did I really meet so far?’
And I realized that I had only met a few international students.
So I took this as a cue for me to reach out to some of the international students and genuinely learn about them..
And this in retrospect was one of the best decisions I made.
I met some amazing people – from Sudan, Tanzania, South Korea, Bhutan and Shillong (although Shillong is technically a part of India, I had never met people from that amazing place before)..
And just learning about these different cultures had the effect of opening my mind to what is…
And their genuine curiosity about me and where I’m from, in a funny way, gave me a sense of belonging.
Not belonging to a city or a group or a state or a country…
But belong to one race. One species. One Earth.
And that Action Tribe was the seed for the Action Tribe movement.
And guess what..
That was when I also experienced Marijuana for the first time..
There was a deep stigma among a majority of the Indian people about smoking or consuming the plant…
It’s funny because in the ancient times, our deities like Shiva were big fans of Marijuana and other types of Soma.
So I trusted my intuition and experienced Marijuana…
And that again had the effect of opening my mind beyond the confines of my current identity – my body, my beliefs, my country…
And I sort of let go and loosend up a bit…
And opened myself to oneness, acceptance and divine intervention.
So that was the first stage.
The second stage was when I joined AIESEC…
Now in you don’t know what AIESEC is, it is basically an International student group that sends and receives students from around the world on various types of internships.
Upon joining AIESEC, for the very first time, I met people from Canada, Amsterdam, Germany, Denmark, Poland, China, Philippines and many other countries…
Smart, talented, open and impact driven students coming together to make a difference in the communities they’re part of.
And all the interns we received were big fans of India.
They would love wearing Indian clothes, eating Indian food and trying to speak Indian languages, which was awesome.
And I met some cool people there.
This was another factor that paved the way for the Action tribe movement.
And this new outlook gave me an understanding that there is so much more to experience, to know, to see and to do…
And most importantly, it assured me that what divides us is not our countries, our religion, our color or our creed.
What divides us is our mindset and our ability to use our hearts.
It gave me a hope that someday, I’ll find my own tribe….
And if I don’t, I’ll create one
(Not just for me, but for the entire human race)
And that’s why I named it Action Tribe.
Because I know that many of you are going through a major change in life…
Where you are healing and letting go of energies.
And with all of that letting go?..
You might let go of your job, your close friends or even leave your home…
So I wanted Action tribe to be your community that you can come to no matter where you are.
All you need is the internet and a podcast app or Youtube app or a Facebook app.
And then when I completed my undergrad and came home to Mumbai, I was really missing out on the community which I had sort of developed back at University.
And so after a lot of going inward and working on my chakras (which is a whole different story, which I’ll go into some other time), I took 2 actions.
Step 1) I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication and speaking skills. As a bonus, I became part of a group called The Bombay Toastmasters Club.
What a group of people!
I really enjoyed meeting them every other week at our club house and delivering speeches and judging speeches and planning events and travelling for conferences.
I really enjoyed being part of this community!
Step 2) I came across SGI – The Soka Gakkai International organization, which is a Buddhist group.
Again, out of nowhere I just manifested this group, which really made a huge impact in my life.
Just being with these people, and chanting with them and raising my vibrations and supporting each other made me feel like I was part of something larger than myself.
Joining these 2 groups made me realize that when I do start an online community sometime in the future, I would create a community called Action tribe for people around the world who have no community or support system to belong to.
And from the messages and emails and iTunes reviews and Instagram DMs that I’ve been getting?
It seems like I’ve struck a chord there!
Because so many of you feel like you’re part of Action tribe.
You cant quite express it, but energetically you feel a pull of inspiration and hope that makes you feel happy, just being part of Action tribe. 🙂
And we have listeners from around the world, literally!
I have my statistic window open in front of me right now, so let me read out the top 20 listener countries.
- United States
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Russian Federation
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Costa Rica
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands, U.S.
If you’re from one of these countries, then I want to give you a shout out!
And I thank you for this..
If it wasn’t for you, then we wouldn’t be here!
So thanks a ton, but realize that there’s a lot of work to be done.
And I can’t do everything myself..
So when the right time comes, I’ll call upon you for support and for your energy for the next phase of our global Action tribe movement.
So there you go action tribe…
These are some of the factors and reasons why I named our community Action Tribe.
I hope you enjoyed today’s session.
Now that I’ve finished recording this session, I’m going to head out for my evening walk. I really need some grounding with my shoes off and the nice, warm Earth beneath my feet.
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