: affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties
Foster (v.): Old English fostrian “to supply with food, nourish, support,” from fostor “food, nourishment, bringing up,” from Proto-Germanic fostra-, from extended form of Proto-Indo-European route pa- “to protect; feed” (related to: food).
Meaning “to bring up a child with parental care” is from c. 1200; that of “to encourage or help grow” is early 13th century of things; 1560s of feelings, ideas, etc. Old English also had the word as an adjective meaning “in the same family but not related.”
"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival."
Wendell Barry (born August 5, 1934, American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer)
"All relationships change the brain -- but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions, and that ultimate souvenir, the self."
Diane Ackerman (b. 1948, New York Times bestselling poet, essayist, and naturalist)
"When I was young, my brother David and I were farmed off to foster homes, and I spent time in orphanages. My father abandoned us. Here's the most important person in my life, and I never met him."
Wayne Dyer (1940-2015, internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self development and spiritual growth)
"Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I'd sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it. I loved everything that moved up there and I didn't miss anything that happened and there was not popcorn either."
Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962, American actress, model, business woman, intellectual, humanitarian, and so much more)
"The best relationship is one that does not foster too much independence nor too much dependence, but exists in the healthy interdependence zone."
Karen Salmansohn (best-selling self-help book author)
“All relationships change the brain — but most important are the intimate bonds that foster or fail us, altering the delicate circuits that shape memories, emotions, and that ultimate souvenir, the self.” — Diane Ackerman
Relationships make us stronger. They inspire us, especially when we find our soul mates, and those soul mates don’t always have to be positive influences. Soul mates remind us who we really are, and sometimes those relationships can be also contentious ones. Those relationships can provoke us and facilitate transformation in us. Also, these interactions don’t always have to be intimate. We only need to foster meaningful connections, and these can sometimes be with a stranger, a pet, the natural elements of our world, and or with new information itself.
Neuroscience has confirmed that learning something new primes our brains and facilitate healing in our bodies. That’s why the medical establishment is now advocating for disciplines around mindfulness, meditation, or contemplation, especially those spiritual routines that in the long and short can resolve or reduce pain.
There are many effortless ways to connect. One never has to push. We could simply connect with one stranger a day, and it doesn’t have to be a deep conversation. It can be a smile, a simple greeting, or an expression. We only have to stay awake and aware of our surroundings or when those opportunities arise.
We can create opportunities for mindfulness, by sitting in nature or simply sit with our eyes closed and focused a word like, Love, Grace, or Peace.
What’s not important is what we do, but that we relax, focus, and foster of connection within and without.
Have a Glorious day, sojourners!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya