Last year I wrote about how our brains are wired for connection.
We have this amazing tool called our brain that seems to be evolving to reward social connection. My blogging journey has definitely been an evolution of social connection. My blog started as a creative outlet and I’ve enjoyed exploring various forms of writing, but by far, the best gift from my blogging journey has been the wonderful connections with people from around the world. Thank you again to all my blogging community!
Yet no matter how wonderful our brains are, the real gift of life is connecting heart to heart. If we are lucky, we have a few friends, family members and/ or co-workers who nurture us on a deep heart level. They understand us, listen with open minds and hearts and offer a safe space to simply be ourselves. Sometimes these relationships last for a lifetime, sometimes for a moment. I’ve had brief encounters with people that were life changing and soul satisfying. I’ve also enjoyed the beauty of building relationships over time that are big enough to hold the pains and the joys of life. In fact, they are enriched and more resilient for having weathered the storms of life together.
And truthfully, I’ve allowed many relationships to slip in the last few years as I got stuck in my personal fears, doubts, emotional pain and losses. Through blogging, I’ve started new and rekindled old relationships that feed my soul. Being an introvert, it’s good for me to remember that I need people, especially ones that feed and nurture my deepest being. And if we don’t have those kinds of relationships, then we need to accept responsibility to create them by nurturing ourselves and others. Slowly, I’ve been taking steps to love again. How about you? Are you stuck or is your life full of loving relationships?
How are your heart connections?
I’ve been reading a book on heart health called Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book. I was already familiar with most of her diet and lifestyle ideas, but I’m struck by her emphasis on good heart connections. According to Dr. Steinbaum, and I agree, the most important thing that we can do is move out of our heads and learn to live in a heart-centered way. This alignment with our hearts creates a deep level of self-care that blossoms out to restore peace, love and joy to our lives.
In honor of Valentine’s Day and the season of love, I invite you to join me in aligning our lives more with our hearts and love. Let’s join Matt Kahn and the Love Revolution by offering more love and kindness to everyone, starting with ourselves. 🙂
I hope in this season of love you have the gift of many healthy heart connections. Blessings, Brad