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May 11, 2020

Deepening Connection in the Time of Quarantine

I feel like I’ve lived a decade in a few, short months. 

In early March, 2020, had you asked me if I was thinking of expanding my Yoga Therapy and Life Coaching business online, I might have answered, lackadaisically, with a wave of my hand, “Oh, eventually.” Had you asked me if I thought that taking more of my work online would be a mode of deepening connection, I would have answered, “I don’t think it’s a meaningful way to do that.”

Wow-was I mistaken! I had a huge, instantaneous shift from this perspective when my sister-in-law, Missy Megginson, , called me out. Her exact words? “It’s really just owning your own power and getting over the fear of others rejecting your thoughts.” In essence, she told me to buck up and stop living in a scarcity mindset around technology and to embrace abundance! That was exactly what I needed to hear, exactly what I needed to connect, and exactly what connected me. 

Since Quarantine began, or “Q-time,” as I call it, I’ve been learning more rapidly than perhaps at any other time in my life. In March, I had only a small website and had never taught online. In less than two months, I have taught over 30 online classes, started website memberships, and was honored to be invited to teach for One Heart One Earth, Global Healing Summit, May 1-3, 2020 (If you missed it, you can still access the content here). 

One Heart One Earth, founded by Lisa Gunshore, an amazingly gifted leader, is all about connection in Q-time and beyond. I had the privilege to virtually meet the other facilitators who are from California, to the Rockies, to the Atlantic, and the Bahamas. Those that tuned in were just as diverse, from East to West Coast of the US, Europe, and Africa. There are many more offerings to come from this movement, and I already see it perpetuating a profound connectivity and “creating a resource of Light.” If I hadn’t been blessed enough to shift my perspective, I would have missed out on this amazing opportunity!

Yes-there is tragedy, confusion, isolation, anger, and sorrow in this time. That is not to be diminished in any way. In fact, we don’t need to diminish it. The point is to connect and share it. The point is to connect to all those other humans that know exactly how those things feel. Because if we’re human, we do know. And in this age of technology, we have an opportunity as never before to reach out without ever having to leave our homes.

I really appreciate the phrase”physical distancing” in place of “social distancing.” We don’t have to social distance, and for our mental health, it isn’t in our best interest. I marvel how a virtual connection can sometimes call me into a deeper space of contact. I would not have been able to imagine this a few months ago. I find that I am more in tune with my students and clients, my family who live out of town, my friends who live in town, and friends I’ve never physically met from all around the world. No matter who we are or where we are, no matter the differences in our stories, our point of connection is simply being human.

If you’re feeling isolated, or sad, or angry or confused, so are we all at different times. You don’t have to change those feelings, let them be there, and connect.

Make a call from your screen; connect to the faces. Make a phone call; connect to the sounds. Look out your window; connect to the distance. Remember a loved one who’s gone; connect to the sacred memory. Listen a moment; connect to your heartbeat. Take a deep breath-connect to yourself.

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