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Mindful : June 2019
Stop. Be. Connect. we rely less on others to affirm our identity, which in turn allows us to shed some of the insecurities and fears (What if I get rejected? Or say something stupid? Or don’t fit in?) that hold us back from connecting with others. From there we can plant small seeds of belong- ing, like saying hello to a stranger who looks like they could use a little acknowl- edgment, or sending a kind note to a colleague. Friend- liness helps everyone feel they belong. You never know how those seeds might sprout, grow, and bloom. Decades after my prom disaster, I was one of a dozen fortunate guests invited to an exclusive retreat at a summer cottage. Most of the women were shy and unknown to RETAINING A DEEPER SENSE OF BELONGING, NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE, STARTS WITH FEELING AT HOME WITHIN OURSELVES. one another, and our host graciously arranged activities to help ignite connection and belonging within the group. As the week went on, I didn’t always want to participate. I didn’t want to do yoga. Or dance. Or cook. Or go into town with the gang. Yet I still felt like I belonged. Eventually it struck me that, thanks to my mindful- ness practice, I belonged in my own skin. This allowed me to feel a sense of be- longing with others, in the silences, the laughter, the one-on-one conversations. I belonged to a larger feeling of safety and connection. When we are not quite sure if we belong, we might think that we have to dress a certain way, do particular things, or share the right views so we can be part of the water-cooler conversa- tion. But with awareness, we can know that we belong to our own life—exactly as we find it. And our life is woven into the entire fabric of humanity. From there, it might be easier to reach out and say hello. ● When you find yourself feeling out of sync in your surroundings, or even in your own being, try this practice to bring you back to yourself: CONNECT with your body. Take a few deep breaths and feel what physical sensations arise. Then, use your senses as tentacles to connect with your surround- ings. You might see cars pass- ing by, or hear birds chirping— things that link you to the world outside yourself. In this subtle way, you have found belonging. STOP and take note of your emotions. BE in the moment, noticing the space around you and whatever is unfolding in your pres- ence. You don’t have to fix or change anything. Simply noticing can accomplish so much. 1 2 3 MindfulnessNorthwest.org Serving the Pacific Northwest since 2011 30 mindful June 2019 inner wisdom