According to the Surgeon General, the greatest health risk American’s face isn’t Cardiovascular, Diabetes or Cancer, but isolation.
To varying degrees, isolation is something we have all experienced. Often times occurring even when we are surrounded by people. So how do we learn to combat these feelings? The answer is in creating meaningful connections.
Connecting with those around you goes deeper than merely being in their presence. It’s breathing with them, genuinely seeing them, listening with our hearts and minds, and truly putting ourselves in their shoes. Often times we become entranced in our own experience and forget to be fully present with others. Mindfully shifting our perspectives teaches us to breath in our own discomfort while breathing back into the world the love and service we feel and want to cultivate in others.
Today, when you encounter someone who feels isolated, I encourage you to commit to connecting with them on a deeper level. Through this connection, you allow them to break their cycle of fear and not only heal themselves, but through the process of connecting, heal yourself and go on to heal other. With this cycle of healing, we can begin to heal our planet one person at a time.