Mindful Monday: The Importance of Human Connection

My mom just turned 87 and she is one of the hippest people I know. Vibrant, funny, beautiful, intelligent (she keeps me up to date with all of the world affairs), deeply spiritual, and an incredible cook.

I take full advantage of celebrating her greatness on Mother’s Day and year round.

My mom grew up on a farm on Prince Edward Island and is the oldest of 15 kids. Needless to say, my grandma was an incredible woman too!

My mom’s roots are a big part of me. She deeply cares about love, connection and family, and spends time in silence and prayer every day. I realize how fortunate I am, to have such a close relationship with my mom and share her values. I know this isn’t the case for everyone and I never take it for granted.

Some of my fondest memories from childhood are going to PEI for our summer vacation and spending time at the farmhouse where my mom grew up.

We were surrounded by family and friends. Everyone was welcome and accepted just as they were. You could feel the camaraderie. There was food, fiddles, guitars, dancing and singing all night long. I just loved it.

This summer my family and I are taking a road trip back to PEI. My mom will pack her award-winning egg salad sandwiches and away we’ll go to enjoy the incredible hospitality. We’ll eat, share stories, dance, sing, enjoy the scenic drives and the ocean air. Most importantly, we’ll be together. This is what life is all about.

Whether we are connected to our blood family, friends or community, I do believe that having connections is incredibly important.

As humans we are wired for connection. 

If we look at different communities all over the world, they may not have material wealth but they often have something of even greater value – close connection and community. They gather together, share food, stories, dance and song.

Technology is a double-edged sword. In many ways, it has allowed us to be more connected but it has also created disconnection and isolation.  

The people I come into contact with are longing for meaningful connection; to be heard, seen, and validated for who they are. They come alive in my group classes when they share with complete strangers. Hearts open up, healing and transformation happens. It is so beautiful to witness.

If you are feeling alone, disconnected from the people around you in your daily life, it doesn’t have to be this way. There is always a group, an event, an activity, that is a welcome opportunity for connection.

For some people, it can feel uncomfortable to put yourself out there. Maybe you feel vulnerable letting others in, having them get to know you. I encourage you to trust that the reward that comes from feeling connected to others is far greater than the initial discomfort you might feel.

Have a wonderful week,