Sep 30, 2013 10:00:00 AM
Twelve years ago, when I was living in Washington, DC, one of my biggest interests was connection. I was inspired by books by Neale Donald Walsch, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other authors and teachers that pointed to a greater possibility of human connection. I longed to be with people in ways that expressed more care, more love, and more truth about the goodness of life than most people usually experience. My quest for connection eventually led me to the work of Andrew Cohen and EnlightenNext, where I dove in head first for over a decade, determined to develop along with others who shared my intention and commitment. At EnlightenNext I had experiences of connection and love that blew me away. And now I find myself wanting to go further, looking within to discover what leads to real connection. I want to know: what can we do to come together more perfectly as human beings, and why does it matter? (As a side note, this is one of the topics we'll be exploring in detail as part of Project One, launching October 26. The application deadline is this week, and we have four openings for virtual participants as well as one full scholarship if you have financial need. So if you find this post interesting, I definitely encourage you to consider joining me, Erin, and other inspired individuals for Project One.) Here are my thoughts: Be grateful. When we sit down for dinner at my house, we take a moment to thank that evening's cook and acknowledge how good it is to share a meal together. Being grateful for the people you love and their contribution to your life has a powerful effect on your connection. It doesn't have to be over the top, I find that just a moment of real presence with each other goes a long way.