Building a healthy, supportive community is very important to mindfulness practice. Within this caring community we are liberated from our perceptions of separateness. We are free to share our practice, our reflections and ourselves, openly. This nurturing environment allows us to let go of judgment and misperceptions because we know that in this group, there is positive company, love and support.
Plum Village explains the strength of a community (Sangha):
How many times have we tried to lose weight, started a healthy routine and begun to slip and slide. The pounds we lost all come back even though we thought we had the will power. We were determined and yet, whenever we encountered an unexpected curve ball in life, like having problems at work or discord in the family, we got off track without even noticing.