Connection (quotes)

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What is connection?

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Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen and heard

  • Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued – when they give and receive without judgement. Brené Brown
  • I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Brené Brown
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Connection is a special and sacred thing

  • Perhaps God is in the space between people as they try to connect. Richard Linklater (from the movie, Before Sunrise)
  • When you feel a connection, a gut connection, a heart connection, it’s a very special thing. What’s familiar to everyone is watching people falling in love; it doesn’t happen on screen that often. People fall in lust, then they’re suddenly together. Alfre Woodard
  • We often forget our human connectedness. Throughout my life, I have felt the greatest beauty lies in this connection. It has been in the deepest connections with others that I have experienced the greatest degree of learning, healing and transformation. This connection is a powerful thing, with the ability to transform lives, and ultimately transform human experience. Kristi Bowman
  • I connect, therefore I am.
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Connection is one of the reasons we live

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Connection is what we yearn for

  • Cut off is our customary state of being. But there is within us the constant yearning for connectedness, a yearning – “Ah! — to live without the slightest partition between our souls and the distant stars, between ourselves and the world’s otherness.  We yearn for community with each other because we know that with it we would feel more at home in our lives, no longer strangers to one another and aliens to the earth.  Parker J. Palmer
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Connection is what makes us human

  • I think what makes us human is our interconnectedness among people. It’s our ability to form and maintain relationships. It’s the barometer by which we call ourselves human. Thomas Jane
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The rewards of connection

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Connection makes relationships deep and meaningful

  • The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together. Barbara De Angelis
  • The roles we play in each other’s lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us– the protection, safety, and caring we are willing to share. Oprah Winfrey
  • This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn’t about sex. It’s about connection. Ellen Hopkins
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Connection brings happiness and meaning to our lives

  • If hedonic happiness is the happiness of the senses, then eudemonic happiness is the happiness of the soul. It is found in activities that are aligned with our fundamental human needs for meaning, connection, and personal growth, and it brings a sense of engagement, contentment, and fulfilment. This is the happiness we feel when we spend time with loved ones and when we grow as people. Unlike with hedonic happiness, time spent in eudemonic pursuits fundamentally changes us, allowing us to flourish and grow as individuals and as communities. Craig & Marc Kielburger
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Connecting with others helps us to connect to ourselves – and vice versa

  • People are so fearful about opening themselves up. All you want to do is to be able to connect with other people. When you connect with other people, you connect with something in yourself. It makes you feel happy. And yet it’s so scary, it makes people feel vulnerable and unsafe. Toni Collette
  • Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others. Harriet Goldhor Lerner
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How to connect

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Connect by being willing to be open and vulnerable

  • Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives. Sara Paddison
  • In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. Brené Brown
  • Brene Brown, an expert on social connection, conducted thousands of interviews to discover the root of deep social connection. A thorough analysis of the data revealed what it was: vulnerability. Vulnerability here does not mean being weak or submissive. To the contrary, it implies the courage to be yourself. It involves uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D.
  • Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection. Brené Brown
  • People are so fearful about opening themselves up. All you want to do is to be able to connect with other people. When you connect with other people, you connect with something in yourself. It makes you feel happy. And yet it’s so scary, it makes people feel vulnerable and unsafe. Toni Collette
  • When two people respect each other, the ability to be vulnerable and to reveal hurt feelings can create a powerful emotional connection that is the source of real intimacy and friendship. David Burns
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Connect through being authentic and real

  • Authenticity breeds more authenticity. Have you ever known such comfort as being yourself in the presence of someone who is also being themselves? That is a heart to heart connection that expands everything. Kristine Carlson
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Connect through open communication

  • Communication–the human connection–is the key to personal and career success. Paul J. Meyer
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Connect though giving

  • Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging. Deepak Chopra
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Connect through gratitude

  • Gratitude is the most passionate transformative force in the cosmos. When we offer thanks to God or to another human being, gratitude gifts us with renewal, reflection, reconnection. Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • The particular beauty of an attitude of gratitude is that it instantly connects us to everything else. In an important way, it is a recognition of the connection, the switch, between us and the rest of life.  And consciously recognizing it opens the flow:  the more grateful we are, the more of an abundant sense of life we will experience.  J. Ryan
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Connect through friendship

  • A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. Lois Wyse
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.  Richard Bach
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Connect through meaningful sex

  • The beauty and wisdom of Tantra is that it enhances sexuality as a doorway to the “ecstatic mind of great bliss”. Truly, at the peak of orgasm, we pierce through the illusion of fragmentation and separation, and glimpse the unity and interconnectedness of all beings. And through the other–our partner–we fall in love with life. Margot Anand
  • Sex isn’t good unless it means something. It doesn’t necessarily need to mean “love” and it doesn’t necessarily need to happen in a relationship, but it does need to mean intimacy and connection…There exists a very fine line between being sexually liberated and being sexually used. Laura Sessions Stepp
  • To see and feel one’s beloved naked for the first time is one of life’s pure, irreducible epiphanies. If there is a true religion in the universe, it must include that truth of contact or be forever hollow. To make love to the one true person who deserves that love is one of the few absolute rewards of being a human being, balancing all of the pain, loss, awkwardness, loneliness, idiocy, compromise, and clumsiness that go with the human condition. To make love to the right person makes up for a lot of mistakes. Dan Simmons
  • That’s what Jamie didn’t understand: it was never just sex. Even the fastest, dirtiest, most impersonal screw was about more than sex. It was about connection. It was about looking at another human being and seeing your own loneliness and neediness reflected back. It was recognising that together you had the power to temporarily banish that sense of isolation. It was about experiencing what it was to be human at the basest, most instinctive level. How could that be described as just anything? Emily Maguire
  • When we touch the place in our lives where sexuality and spirituality come together, we touch our wholeness and the fullness of our power, and at the same time our connection with a power larger than ourselves. Judith Plaskow
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Connect through opening your eyes to beauty

  • Be open to beauty and excellence. This strategy involves allowing yourself to truly admire an object of beauty or a display of talent, genius or virtue. Strive even to feel reverence and awe. Positive psychologists suggest that people who open themselves to the beauty and excellence around them are more likely to find joy, meaning, and profound connections in their lives. Sonja Lyubomirsky
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Connect through listening and attention

  • Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention And especially if it’s given from the heart. When people are talking, there’s no need to do anything but receive them. Just take them in. Listen to what they’re saying. Care about it. Most times caring about it is even more important than understanding it. Most of us don’t value ourselves or our love enough to know this. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue. JoyBell C.
  • Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. Susan Sonrag
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Connect through laughter

  • Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection. Yakov Smirnoff
  • To be intuitive, we must cultivate our sense of humor and look for reasons to laugh everywhere. We become so self- absorbed and serious when it comes to our problems and melodramas that we disconnect from our deeper sense of who we are as beautiful souls—we withdraw from life instead of enjoying it. Laughter brings us back to ourselves and back to life. Sonia Choquette
  • I’m struck by how laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy. John Cleese
  • Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge
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Connect through pain

  • Joy, happiness … we do not question. They are beyond question, maybe. A matter of being. But pain forces us to think, and to make connections … to discover what has been happening to cause it. And, curiously enough, pain draws us to other human beings in a significant way, whereas joy or happiness to some extent, isolates. May Sarton
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Connect through the eyes

  • The eyes are one of the most powerful tools a woman can have. With one look, she can relay the most intimate message. After the connection is made, words cease to exist. Jennifer Salaiz
  • Poets and mystics have been telling us for centuries: Wake up. Wake to your true self.  Wake to your own connections to what is around you right now.  Gaze into someone’s eyes, and discover who looks back.  Penetrate the mysteries where the worlds touch.  Don’t go back to sleep. Paul H. Ray, Sherry Ruth Anderson
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Connect by embracing the state of “not knowing”

  • Once we meet our children, even for moments, in a place of “I don’t know,” of relinquished authority, we return to the realms of mystery and magic, where real connection becomes alive again. Arjuna Ardagh
  • Let go of the need to know and fully understand
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Connect through music

  • Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony. Cat Stevens
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Connect through stories

  • Story is the umbilical cord that connects us to the past, present, and future. Family. Story is a relationship between the teller and the listener, a responsibility. . . . Story is an affirmation of our ties to one another. Terry Tempest Williams
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Obstacles to connection

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Not being yourself closes connection

  • There is such an emphasis in society on fitting in and being popular, and this in itself can create a tremendous sense of stress. Rather than feeling comfortable to be ourselves, and to relate to others on a level of genuine interest, caring, and openness, a great deal of the time we are all so concerned with how we appear to others, that we are unable to make any real connections at all. Amanda Harvey
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Judgement closes connection

  • Non-judgement creates silence in your mind. Judgment is the constant evaluation of things as right or wrong, good or bad. When you are constantly evaluating, classifying, labelling, analysing, you create a lot of turbulence in your internal dialogue. This turbulence constricts the flow of energy between you and the field of pure potentiality. You literally squeeze the “gap” between thoughts. When you squeeze the gap, you squeeze your connection to the field of pure potentiality and infinite creativity. Deepak Chopra
  • You have to care about yourself before you can really care about other people. If you are continually judging and criticizing yourself while trying to be kind to others, you are drawing artificial boundaries and distinctions that only lead to feelings of separation and isolation. This is the opposite of oneness, interconnection, and universal love-the ultimate goal of most spiritual paths, no matter which tradition. Kristin Neff
  • Let go of the need to judge
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Constant rushing and busyness closes connection

  • So surely as you find yourself in the mental attitude of haste, just so surely may you know that you are out of the mental attitude of greatness. Hurry and fear will instantly cut your connection with the universal mind. Wallace D. Wattles
  • When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another- and ourselves. Jack Kornfield
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A sense of shame and unworthiness closes connection

  • What keeps us out of connection is feeling we’re not worthy of connection. Brené Brown
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Being wrapped up in ego closes connection

  • Ego is no more than complete identification with form—physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms. This results in a total unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with the Source. This forgetfulness is original sin, suffering, delusion. When this delusion of utter separateness underlies and governs what I think, say, and do, what kind of world do I create? To find the answer to this, observe how humans relate to each other, read a history book, or watch the news on television tonight. Eckhart Tolle
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A lack of connection comes at a heavy price

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Closing yourself off to connection comes at a high price

  • The pain of closing ourselves off to people and possibilities is far more dangerous than the potential risks of opening up. We’re just not meant to be isolated. We need to really connect with each other. Lori Deschene
  • People can’t be just tied together. They have to connect. Otherwise, they’ll find themselves bound hand and foot. Ai Yazawa
  • The experience of separateness arouses anxiety; it is, indeed, the source of all anxiety. Erich Fromm
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Without connection, we experience a deep sense of loss and lack

  • People who like themselves and realize that they are God’s creation, are never really lonely. It is only when we lose track of our own value, and our personal connection with the divine, that we are desperate for others to distract us from our loss.  Richard Nelson
  • Shortage of time is not your problem. Shortage of money is not your problem. Shortage of Connection to the Energy that creates worlds is at the heart of all sensations of shortage that you are experiencing. Esther and Jerry Hicks
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Without connection, we feel deeply lonely

  • Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact. Martha Beck
  • People who like themselves and realize that they are God’s creation, are never really lonely. It is only when we lose track of our own value, and our personal connection with the divine, that we are desperate for others to distract us from our loss.  Richard Nelson
  • We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness. Albert Schweitzer
  • We are less lonely when we connect. Art is connection. Nikki Giovanni
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Without connection, we can get depressed

  • The more you cultivate your social connections, the more protected you are from depression. If you are feeling stuck, don’t hesitate to talk to trusted family members or friends, or seek out new connections at a depression support group, for example. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Jeanne Segal
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Therefore, make connection a primary goal in your life

  • Make sure your goals are dynamic, that is to say, point toward an activity that you are engaged in and through which you are connected to other human beings as well as to the whole. Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor and writer and so on, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives. Feel how that activity enriches or deepens not only your life but that of countless others. Feel yourself being an opening through which energy flows from the unmanifested Source of all life through you for the benefit of all. Eckhart Tolle
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Connect with …

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Connect with your life force and inner passion

  • Passion doesn’t come from business or books or even a connection with another person. It is a connection to your own life force, the world around you and the spirit that connects us all.  You are the source.  Books, work, music, people, sunsets all provide sparks, but only you can light the fire. Jennifer James
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Connect with your inner body

  • The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body – to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes. Eckhart Tolle
  • The way towards each other is through our bodies. Words are the longest distance you can travel, so complex and hazardous you lose your direction. Jeni Couzyn
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Connect with the earth

  • Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet…. teaching us to root ourselves into the earth…. Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth. Carol Krucoff
  • Mindfully experience your foot, the ground and the connection between your foot and the ground. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth. Andrew Weil
  • Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Natalie Goldberg
  • Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation, affirming my connection to the Earth body. Carol P. Christ
  • There is no wi-fi in the forest but we promise you will find a better connection.
  • Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle. Rainer Maria Rilke
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Connect with God

  • Ask for support from your Higher Power in overcoming your fears, and in developing trust and confidence. One of the greatest causes of fear is feeling a sense of disconnection from our higher selves, and with the Divine source of life of which we are an inseparable part.  Amanda Harvey
  • Bring peace to the Earth by bringing peace to all those whose lives you touch. Be peace. Feel and express in every moment your Divine Connection with the All, and with every person, place, and thing. N.D. Walsch
  • The more you understand your true spiritual identity, and your connection with the Supreme, the easier it will be to love your Self. Stephen Knapp
  • That has been my personal relationship with God–a connection with the powerful, loving, wise energy in all of us, in all creation. It is the life force itself.  We can all have contact with it each moment in our lives, but it takes commitment and practice.  We must be willing to move through all our deepest fears, doubts, and misunderstandings.  Shakti Gawain
  • That experience showed me that I – from moment to moment – am the only person in control of my connection to God. It’s not that God is deciding to connect with me, depending on whether I had a good day, or did good or bad deeds.  It’s all up to me.  God, the awareness of God, the love of God, the blessings of God – that lively ecstasy – is always there.  It’s me who separates from God by judging, by indulging in negativity, by criticizing myself, as well as others.  Barbara De Angelis
  • Your security is not your job, or your bank account, or your investments, or your spouse or parents. Your security is your ability to connect with the cosmic power that creates all things. Louise L. Hay
  • The spiritual path is a path of prayer. Prayer is food for the soul and the universe. Prayer connects us, humbles us, strengthens us, enlightens us and makes us one with the Great Mystery. John Kehoe
  • Recognise you are connected to powers greater than you
  • Genius is the union of man and God in the acts of the soul. Great men are always greater than their deeds. They are in connection with a reserve power that is without limit. Wallace D. Wattles
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Connect to the divine within you

  • Energy doesn’t come to us so much from the things around us–although we can absorb energy directly from some plants and sacred sites. Sacred energy comes from our connection to the divine inside us. James Redfield
  • I define spiritual practice as something you do every single day that draws you deeper into who you really are by connecting you with your divine self. Maggie Lyon
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… to your soul …

  • Healing ourselves on the spiritual level involves developing a strong connection with our soul. We heal ourselves on the mental level as we become aware of our core beliefs, release those that limit us, and open to more supportive ideas and greater understanding.  Emotional healing takes place as we learn to accept and experience the full range of our feelings.  And we heal ourselves on the physical level when we learn to honor and care for our bodies, and for the physical world around us. Shakti Gawain
  • The most important boundary you can set is the time to nourish your spirit. The few minutes a day you take to feed your soul is your strongest investment in your happiness. Do whatever it takes to inspire yourself and stay in a creative consciousness. Choose a time each day to connect with your inner being and do not compromise it. Alan Cohen
  • Surely, we have a responsibility to finally listen to – and honor – the siren calls of our souls, which have been silenced by our egos throughout our lives? How else can we connect with our essence, the source of our calling? Lance Secretan
  • Building a strong foundation of self-love, forgiveness, compassion…. and connecting with your soul Essence infuses confidence, courage, inner strength… to be true to who you are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Lorraine Cohen
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… to your higher self …

  • Joy is an attitude; it is the presence of love – for self and others. It comes from a feeling of inner peace, the ability to give and receive, and appreciation of the self and others. It is a state of gratitude and compassion, a feeling of connection to your higher self. Sanaya Roman
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… to the source of your being

  • Self-realization means that we have been consciously connected with our source of being. Once we have made this connection, then nothing can go wrong… Swami Paramananda
  • The greatest gift that you could ever give to another is your own happiness, for when you are in a state of joy, happiness, or appreciation, you are fully connected to the Stream of pure, positive Source Energy that is truly who you are. And when you are in that state of connection, anything or anyone that you are holding as your object of attention benefits from your attention. Abraham-Hicks
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Recognise you are connected to a universal intelligence

  • Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence. Shakti Gawain
  • So surely as you find yourself in the mental attitude of haste, just so surely may you know that you are out of the mental attitude of greatness. Hurry and fear will instantly cut your connection with the universal mind. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Because of the interconnectedness of all minds, affirming a positive vision may be about the most sophisticated action any one of us can take. Willis Harman
  • What I’ve found to be important is mainly just the realization that everyone has all knowledge and all humanity within themselves. Individual minds are connected to a universal mind. All people need to do is find out how to get it and reach it when they need it. Willie Nelson
  • The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we able to know everything, because it’s all written there. Paulo Coelho
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Connect to this intelligence through stillness

  • When you connect with stillness, you also connect with a creative intelligence that is higher than analytical thinking. Very often, the right decision then arises spontaneously. Eckhart Tolle
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Connecting with your soul

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Connecting with your soul is the most healing thing you can do

  • Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity—the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom—and reconnects with that world of Spirit. Malidoma Patrice Somé
  • Healing ourselves on the spiritual level involves developing a strong connection with our soul. We heal ourselves on the mental level as we become aware of our core beliefs, release those that limit us, and open to more supportive ideas and greater understanding.  Emotional healing takes place as we learn to accept and experience the full range of our feelings.  And we heal ourselves on the physical level when we learn to honor and care for our bodies, and for the physical world around us. Shakti Gawain
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Connect with your soul through stillness and meditation

  • Meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love. Sarah McLean
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Connect with your soul through acceptance and being present

  • Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is. Since mind and resistance are synonymous, acceptance immediately frees you from mind dominance and thus reconnects you with Being. As a result, the usual ego motivations for “doing” – fear, greed, control, defending or feeding the false sense of self – will cease to operate. An intelligence much greater than the mind is now in charge, and so a different quality of consciousness will flow into your doing.  Eckhart Tolle
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Connect to your soul through creativity and art

  • The refusal to be creative is an act of self-will and is counter to our true nature. When we are open to our creativity, we are opening to God:  good, orderly direction.  As we pursue our creative fulfilment, all elements of our life move toward harmony.  As we strengthen our creativity, we strengthen our connection to the Creator within.  Artists love other artists.  Our relationship to God is co-creative, artist to artist.  It is God’s will for us to live in creative abundance.  Julia Cameron
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There is nothing more sacred than the connecting of one soul to another

  • A soul connection is a resonance between two people who respond to the essential beauty of each other’s individual natures, behind their facades, and who connect on this deeper level. John Welwood
  • A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves. Edgar Cayce
  • If you want to attract a life partner as your soul mate, there are several illusions you will need to relinquish. One is that your soul mate is someone you will be with for the rest of your life. You can have a soul mate relationship that lasts a few weeks, months, or years. Time has nothing to do with the quality of your connection and its importance in your life. Sanaya Roman
  • A soulmate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace. Thomas Moore
  • The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Nicholas Sparks
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Many things are connected

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Recognise that life is full of connections

  • Life just seems so full of connections. Most of the time we don’t even pay attention to the depth of life. We only see flat surfaces. Colin Neenan
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Recognise that your body and mind are deeply connected

  • Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other. Candace Pert
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Recognise that all knowledge is connected

  • All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections. Arthur Aufderheide
  • Knowledge is what helps us to make new connections in our brain. Dr Joe Dispenza
  • If we represent knowledge as a tree, we know that things that are divided are yet connected. We know that to observe the divisions and ignore the connections is to destroy the tree. Wendell Berry
  • Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another. Umberto Eco
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Connecting knowledge gives birth to innovation and creativity

  • Innovation is fostered by information gathered from new connections; from insights gained by journeys into other disciplines or places; from active, collegial networks and fluid, open boundaries. Innovation arises form ongoing circles of exchange, where information is not just accumulated or stored, but created. Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren’t there before. Margaret J. Wheatley
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Recognise that happenings and events can be connected for this is the essence of synchronicity

  • The problem of synchronicity has puzzled me for a long time, ever since the middle twenties, when I was investigating the phenomena of the collective unconscious and kept on coming across connections which I simply could not explain as chance groupings or “runs.” What I found were “coincidences” which were connected so meaningfully that their “chance” concurrence would represent a degree of improbability that would have to be expressed by an astronomical figure.   Carl Jung
  • Coincidences are a true paradox. On the one hand, they seem to be the source of our greatest irrationalities—seeing causal connections when science tells us they aren’t there. On the other hand, some of our greatest feats of scientific discovery depend on coincidences.  Josh Tenenbaum
  • Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world. Carl Jung
  • I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone. Charles de Lint
  • Life’s just a bunch of accidents, connected by one perfect end. Daniel C. Tomas
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Our interconnectedness with everyone and everything

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Recognise you’re connected to everyone for we all come from the same source

  • All life, all energy comes from one source. We are all connected – period. It doesn’t merely extend to those we deem likeable or those who believe what we do etc. We all come from the same source and are living expressions of the divine. We must learn to recognize the divinity that is within all things and respect it. Christin Sander
  • A spiritual sensibility encourages us to see ourselves as part of the fundamental unity of all being. If the thrust of the market ethos has been to foster a competitive individualism, a major thrust of many traditional religious and spiritual sensibilities has been to help us see our connection with all other human beings. Michael Lerner
  • Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another. Leibniz
  • We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order.  There is only one universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law, namely, common reason in all thinking creatures, and all truth is one- -if, as we believe, there is only one path of perfection for all beings who share the same mind.  Marcus Aurelius
  • We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe. Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole. All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings, and deeds are listened to by all that is.  Serge Kahili King
  • We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep. William James
  • We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men. Herman Melville
  • It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe. Albert Schweitzer
  • Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable. The Dalai Lama
  • Quantum physics shows us the universe as a dynamic web of connection. Robert Moss
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Recognise you’re connected to the web of life

  • The work of healing is peeling away the barriers of fear that keep us unaware of our true nature of love, peace, and rich interconnection with the web of life. Healing is the rediscovery of who we are and who we have always been. Joan Borysenko
  • This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  Chief Seattle
  • If all the beasts were gone, people would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the person. All things are connected.  Chief Seattle
  • The indigenous understanding has its basis of spirituality in a recognition of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living things, a holistic and balanced view of the world. All things are bound together. All things connect. What happens to the Earth happens to the children of the earth. Humankind has not woven the web of life; we are but one thread. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Rebecca Adamson
  • We are all connected in the great Circle of Life. The Lion King (movie)
  • Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Chief Seattle
  • The important element is the way in which all things are connected. Every thought and action sends shivers of energy into the world around us, which affects all creation. Perceiving the world as a web of connectedness helps us to overcome the feelings of separation that hold us back and cloud our vision. This connection with all life increases our sense of responsibility for every move, every attitude, allowing us to see clearly that each soul does indeed make a difference to the whole. Emma Restall Orr
  • In nature, we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Recognising the connectedness of all things is the essence of spirituality

  • All the manifestations of love can be seen as a connection with our spirituality. John Pierrakos
  • Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension. Dan Wakefield
  • The spiritual path is not a solo endeavour. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness. Tara Brach
  • Zen goes directly to your own experience of the oneness of the universe, of your interconnectedness with all things. You learn to distrust whatever you clung to in your old sense of separation, and that realization can be the most liberating thing in your life, a freedom beyond anything you could have imagined. Jean Smith
  • We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind. Lakota Seer
  • Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives. Brené Brown
  • Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connected to the energy of all creation, that I am a part of it and it is always a part of me. Whatever label or word we use to describe “it” doesn’t matter. Words are completely inadequate. Oprah Winfrey
  • It’s all spirit and it’s all connected…Our choice is to live out of harmony with spiritual ways or in harmony with spiritual ways. Everything is spiritual. Grandfather William Commanda, Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island
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The rewards of recognising your connectedness with all things

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Deeply sensing your connectedness to others and to God is the essence of true love

  • Real spiritual love is a deep unspoken connectedness. Only this love has the power to transform our relationship to being alive, our relationship with each other, and our relationship with the world. This love is timeless. This love is uncontained. Adyashanti
  • All the manifestations of love can be seen as a connection with our spirituality. John Pierrakos
  • True love has nothing to do with liking someone, agreeing with him or her, or being compatible. It is a love of unity, a love of seeing God wearing all the masks and recognizing itself in them all. The Truth exposes itself in the willingness to open to this intimate connectedness with everything. Whether the personality likes it or not, an intimate connection is there. Sometimes it will rush to the fore and make itself known in a very obvious way. Sometimes it will burn in the background like embers, just there for everything. With this love, you can feel the walls of opposition come down naturally in the acknowledgement of a deep connection. Not only do the walls of opposition fall, but love is felt for every human being and for life itself. Adyashanti
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Recognising your connectedness to everyone and everything brings joy

  • True joy results when we become aware of our connectedness to everything. Paul Pearsall
  • Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters. Oprah Winfrey
  • Joy is an attitude; it is the presence of love – for self and others. It comes from a feeling of inner peace, the ability to give and receive, and appreciation of the self and others. It is a state of gratitude and compassion, a feeling of connection to your higher self. Sanaya Roman
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Recognising your connectedness wakes you up to the miracle of being alive

  • Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension. Dan Wakefield
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Perceive your connectedness with others by …

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Perceive your connectedness with others through the practice of sympathy, empathy and compassion

  • Self-actualizing people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy, and affection for human beings in general. They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were members of a single family. Abraham Maslow
  • From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Albert Einstein
  • The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other. Meryl Streep
  • We share with all life the capacity for feeling, the experience of having a body, mind, and heart in continual interface with countless other bodies, minds, and hearts. Our capacity to feel deeply means we share with all life the possibility of experiencing delight, joy, trust, and intimacy, just as we share in the capacity to experience pain, sorrow, grief, and fear.  Living within a physical body, we all share the experience of aging, frailty, illness, and death, just as we share the precious times of strength, health, safety, and vitality.  Through our minds we share the capacity to experience confusion, agitation, and complexity, just as we share the possibilities of serenity, clarity, and balance.  An understanding of this profound interconnectedness of all life is at the root of the compassionate heart dedicated to alleviating suffering without reservation or exception.  Christina Feldman
  • When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Most people are on the world, not in it—have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them—undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate. John Muir
  • We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Perceive your connectedness with others by recognising how much you depend on other people

  • From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. Albert Einstein
  • In reality, there is no such thing as a “self-made man.” We got where we are with the support and actions of others. In fact, we have an interconnectedness that is so pervasive it’s easy to overlook. Mary Rosendale
  • It is man’s social nature which distinguishes him from the brute creation. If it is his privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter-dependent. Only an arrogant man will claim to be independent of everybody else and be self-contained.  Mahatma Gandhi
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Perceive the connectedness between things through the power of imagination

  • Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives everything: the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies. Charkes Baudelaire
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Perceive the connectedness between things by letting go of the need to label and interpret

  • Presence is not a trancelike state. Not at all. There is no loss of consciousness here. The opposite is the case. If the price of peace were a lowering of your consciousness, and the price of stillness a lack of vitality and alertness, then they would not be worth having. In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind- identified state. You are fully present. It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that gives life to the physical body. Eckhart Tolle
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Perceive the connectedness between things through being fully present

  • In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind-identified state. You are fully present.  It also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that give life to the physical body.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Since mind and resistance are synonymous, acceptance immediately frees you from mind dominance and thus reconnects you with Being. Eckhart Tolle
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Perceive the connectedness between things through systems thinking

  • Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static ‘snapshots.’ It is a set of general principles — distilled over the course of the twentieth century, spanning fields as diverse as the physical and social sciences, engineering, and management…. During the last thirty years, these tools have been applied to understand a wide range of corporate, urban, regional, economic, political, ecological, and even psychological systems. And systems thinking is a sensibility — for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character. Peter Senge
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Final thoughts

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Technology can enhance connection but can also be a poor substitute for it

  • Technologies of the soul tend to be simple, bodily, slow and related to the heart as much as the mind. Everything around us tells us we should be mechanically sophisticated, electronic, quick, and informational in our expressiveness – an exact antipode to the virtues of the soul. It is no wonder, then, that in an age of telecommunications – which, by the way, literally means “distant connections” – we suffer symptoms of the loss of soul. We are being urged from every side to become efficient rather than intimate.  Thomas Moore
  • We need to bridge our sense of loneliness and disconnection with a sense of community and continuity even if we must manufacture it from our time on the Web and our use of calling cards to connect long distance. We must “log on” somewhere, and if it is only in cyberspace, that is still far better than nowhere at all. Julia Cameron
  • As connected as we are with technology, it’s also removed us from having to have human connection, made it more convenient to not be intimate. Sandra Bullock
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Pets can bring deep connection

  • While nothing can replace the human connection, pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed—both powerful antidotes to depression.  Jeanne Segal
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Connections are made with the heart, not the tongue

  • You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue. JoyBell C.
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The greatest people in history are those who have connected rather than divided

  • The greatest personalities that ever existed have been those who united human beings and put them on the road toward cooperation and effectiveness and peace. Those whom the world has held highest have helped to unite and not sever interconnectedness. They have not been the destroyers of differences but the harmonizer of differences. John Lovejoy Elliott
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If someone isn’t connected to God, be loving and compassionate rather than judgmental

  • An excellent way to practice love is to set your intention on seeing beyond someone’s behaviour or personality. Try to realize that beneath the surface insecurity, negative thinking, and poor behaviour, everyone is connected to God.  Just as you wouldn’t get angry at someone simply because he or she is in a wheelchair, you need not be angry because a person hasn’t yet opened his or her heart to the nourishment of his or her Soul.  When people act in unloving ways, it only means that they are out of touch with their Souls and aren’t feeling spiritually nourished.  Richard Carlson
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On a lighter note

  • Is your name Wi-Fi? Because I’m feeling a connection.
  • Many a live wire would be a dead one except for his connections. Wilson Mizner
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