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Mindful : October 2018
6WHENYOU’RE WITH OTHERS... Savor the Companionship I have twin granddaughters who are eight years old and live far away, and one of our favorite topics of conversa- tion—during the precious times I have an opportu- nity to visit them—is their friends. They each can eas- ily name three friends from their class, with relish. It’s such a delight to watch how children make friends. They sort of sniff each other out and start tentatively to do a little something together, and then before too long they want to spend every day together. Few things are more poignant than that moment when one child asks another, “Do you want to be my friend?” Neuroscien- tists in recent years have been talking about something called “brain coupling,” whereby two people become so in sync while communicating with each other that they are like one brain. I’m sure we have all felt that with a friend. The sheer joy of a shared laugh. The moments of listening when you need to be heard. The shoulder to cry on. Someone to share ups and downs, without caring which it is. I’m blessed with friends all over the world, people I can connect with within minutes no matter how long it’s been. Other human beings... What’s not to savor? 7 WHEN YOU’RE ALONE...Savor the Space As wonderful as friends and companions and lovers can be, in some sense, no one can really know what goes on in your mind, who you are, and how you are. You can tell them. You can leave hints. They can intuit. But complete knowledge of our inner workings is IN THE RIGHT DOSES, BEING BY OURSELVES CAN BE DEEPLY RESTORATIVE. WE CAN DISCOVER CONTENTMENT DEEP WITHIN. insight