Posted on Sep 01, 2020

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon

Humans need connection.  We are tribal beings in our true nature.  We are all the same in this way.  Now, more than ever, it is so important to do what we can to foster connections and support one and other.  Whether you are a student looking for connections with your classmates, someone going to yoga class craving the energy of your fellow yogis, or you are practicing meditation knowing others around the world are sitting down "with" you, connections are available to you.  Support is available to you.  Help is available to you.  Like John Lennon said, "I hope someday you'll join us.  And the world will live as one."  We strive to support and connect with the community at the Mindful Movement and we hope you'll join us.

Namaste: This word translates to mean, “I recognize the Divinity in you which is also the Divinity in me.” Or, “I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells.” So, I offer this greeting to you today. Namaste, my soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, the love, the beauty and the peace within you because it is also within me. In honoring these qualities within each other, we are one and the same. We are united.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
― Brené Brown

Along the lines of connection, I'd like to share this poem. Although, like me, you may not know what it's like to sing in an 8-part choir, the underlying feeling of the need for connection is universal. To me, this poem speaks to the need for human connection that perhaps we are all feeling, maybe without knowing how to "bridge the oceans between us."

I invite you to "be a leader, and conduct every lost soul together into a state of connection." How will you make a connection today?

Excerpt from a poem called “choir room”

by: Mollie Raymond

         and if i had known that

i would hear a 6-part choir singing in the

soundtrack for a cartoon i randomly stumbled upon

months later, and that it would make me

almost cry, realize how long it’s been since

i sat in that glorious, loving choir room,

glowing with the light of music and community,

i would have enjoyed it more,

although actually i don’t think i physically

could have enjoyed it

any more, but i don’t know maybe

i would have held on to it tighter, done more

to keep it from leaving me, my clinging arms,

but i know i couldn’t have changed it.

and now my heart emptying the whole arsenal

of defense mechanisms, building fortresses

around itself, injecting syringes of tranquilizer

into my bloodstream, all to avoid this

loneliness, fractured, wondering if i will ever again

feel the way it feels to sing in harmony,

wondering if it’s even possible for me to

feel connected to other humans if not through music,

because lately i’ve been speaking

and it’s all mundane, i’ve been looking into

people’s eyes and seeing nothing but

reflection of my own failings

and the miles and miles of 

separation and misunderstanding between us,

i’ve been listening to people’s

words and hearing only their

funeral dirges, premonition of death

blaring in my ears like a foghorn,

drowning out whatever they were trying to

say. i can wrap my head around all

humanity being one and the same,

but connected? are you sure? we’re all

standing on our little islands alone, all

with the same longings and problems

but no way to bridge the oceans between us,

no way to know just how

not alone we all may be. all singing in our own

discordant keys, we all long for

perfect harmony and none of us is willing to

stand up, be a leader, and conduct every

lost soul together into a state of connection. 

if i had never known the bliss of

walking out of a rehearsal that ran late

seeing the moon wink at me over the

parking lot, heart still resonating with

paper and song and teamwork, maybe it wouldn’t

be such a let down to be singing this

solo, this dirge

for dearly departed

joy, my musical home.

If you are interested in hearing more from Mollie Raymond (including another one of her poems), check out her Podcast Interview with Les at The Mindful Movement.

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This weeks meditation is a supportive meditation to develop universal connection.

Additional Resources:

If you are looking to dive into the world of meditation, a great starting point is our 4-Day Meditation Journey. This free program is a great resource for beginners and those looking to step back into the practice of meditation.

The Mindful Movement’s 5-week online course, Living Fulfilled is another great opportunity.  During the course, you will explore how to find your purpose, love yourself, and connect with your authentic self.

To get to the root of a specific issue you may be dealing with, schedule a hypnotherapy session with me.  Here is more information about the method I practice called Rapid Transformational Therapy.

Additionally, here are a few other practices to help you foster connection: