1: to become joined
2 (a): to meet for the transference of passengers
(b): to transfer as step in traveling to a final destination
3: to make a successful hit, shot, or throw
4: to have or establish a rapport
5: to establish a communication
1: to join or fasten together usually by something intervening
2: to place or establish in relationship
Connect(v.): mid-15thcentury, “to join, bind, or fasten together,” from Latin conectere“join together,” from assimilated form of com “together” + nectere“to bind, tie” (from Proto-Indo-European root, ned-“to bind, tie”).
“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher and cultural critic, who intensely published in 1870s and 1880s)
“Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.”
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist, who founded analytic psychology, which was in some aspects a response to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis)
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
William James (1842-1910, an original thinker in and between the disciplines of physiology, psychology, philosophy; best known for his twelve-hundred page masterwork, “The Principles of Psychology,” published in 1890)
“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 (author, philosopher, storyteller, and research professor at the University of Houston; best known for her work on courage, empathy, vulnerability, and shame)
“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
Susan Sontag (1933-2004, American author, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, dramatist, and political activist)
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, pastor, civil rights leader, born Michael Luther King, Jr. and later and later changed to Martin; received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963, the youngest to receive the prize at the age of 35 years old)
“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
Sura Hart (author of “Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation” and internationally recognized trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication)
“Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.” — Carl Gustav Jung
The world is our mirror, sometimes reflecting the simplicity and the complexity in the personal and the global.
Once we commit to awakening, our minds, bodies, and spirits work to integrate, becoming more connected to either what is illuminated or opposed to that which is not. The trick is being mindful to know the difference.
We are intimately connected to each other and to the cosmos. However, sometimes we have to choose between healthy boundaries or toxic enmeshments.
Essentially, if we deny who we are and the nature of our being, as divine creators, life will reveal those areas we need to focus upon in order to grow and evolve. When we need courage, challenges will impose themselves and push us through the fear. When we need to build character, marginal behaviors will amplify until we commit to change.
However, when we tune in to our inner lives and to our natural world, we flourish and prosper. Our work becomes effortless, time supports us, and life mirrors our best intentions.
Sojourners, stay awake! There’s joy in Life’s adventures!