Monday, November 05, 2012

Our most basic need is to connect

At birth we need to bond to our mother’s to live. During childhood our connection to family is essential to health and happiness. When we reach puberty and advance into our teens and early twenties, friends and community are vital components to our self worth, happiness and general wellness. The need to connect with others of like-mind and spirit never leaves us.

There have been many studies performed that show those that do not connect with others (family, friends, or community) have higher rates of disease, mental illness and suicide. We need each other: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Most of the time, we admit and understand this need. When we don’t we suffer.

We also need to connect to nature, especially in our current time where man-made environments dominate our lives. City dwellings, apartment living, concrete jungles can be devoid of nature and cause the inhabitants to suffer physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Aside from the general health benefits of connecting to nature; when we breathe fresh air, walk amongst the trees and stretch out our cells among this life-giving ecosystem, we can connect to who we really are. When can begin to remember two more very important connections: to self and to Self.

Connecting to self is connecting to our essential nature without the feedback loop the media, others, and the noise of life continually provides. When we walk out-doors we have time and space to remember our dreams and what is important to us.

When we connect to Self we walk in gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. When we connect to Self we remember the power within us to change and create and grow. When we connect with Self we find peace and love and fullness. When we connect with Self we discover the heart, soul and meaning to who we are and why we are here.

Acknowledge and cultivate your connections to each other, to the earth and nature, and to your inner self and Higher Self! Your health, happiness and survival depend upon it.

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