“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ~Herman Melville
Connection is the beginning. Look around. Who do you see? Who have you stumbled upon in your life’s path?
No matter how much we crave solitude we still need relationships. At the same time we desire to feel we belong. It is in the midst of belonging we also find a sense of self.
When we cultivate these relationships with love and compassion they grow roots and blossom into lasting friendships. These are the people with whom we not only swap stories but share our lives. We laugh and cry together. Our heartbeats surge, slow, and steady with the rhythm of one another. We feel the rise and fall of the breath of life. We stumble together as we climb the mountain. We pick one another up when we fall. And when we reach the mountaintop we scream together and listen as the echo of life harmonizes with us.
Love makes connection fulfilling, sacred. The giving and receiving of love is a life in process. This connection of love completes us.
“When we get too caught up in the business of the world, we lose connection with one another and ourselves.” ~Jack Kornfield