One of my core values and my focus for 2018 is Connection. Cultivating deeper connections with others and especially with myself.
Brené Brown eloquently expressed her thoughts on connection in her TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability: “Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. It’s neurobiologically how we’re wired. It’s why we’re here.”
Connection is one of the most prevailing human needs and is such a big part of the human experience. Science tells us that connection has been linked to better psychological well-being, increased immunity and better physical health. On an emotional level, it gives us that sense of belonging that many of us often seek and offers us a feeling of purpose. When we do have those deep connections, we are reminded that although we are all diverse and unique, we are not alone, and that many other people resonate with us. And for me, it simply makes me happy.
Over the next several months, I will also be exploring ways to cultivate new connections, deepen relationships with my friends, family and community and discovering more of who I am and really accepting and connecting with myself, with my soul.
That means opening my heart, being more present, cultivating community, having more compassion and empathy, being vulnerable, learning how to love myself, allowing time for self-care and so much more.
I’m excited to share more about this topic throughout the year and share ways that you can foster more deep interpersonal connections with others and yourself.