“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” – Brene Brown
I’ve just completed a summer filled with good feelings … feelings reflecting my discovery of deep, underlying currents running through me. Currents that stem from an inner place offering extraordinary joy.
Yes, intensely felt joyful feelings … feelings ignited when my life involves connection. I’ve discovered that connection may very well be the tap root securing my “trunk” of life. I’ve come to see its role, its influence, and its power to bring me some of the deepest and richest feelings I can recall.
I’ve learned “connection” comes in many flavors, and the depth, intensity, and sense of connectedness differs with each flavor. What drives the flavor are the circumstances triggering the connection in the moment. It can be a connection skimming the emotional surface, or one that launches arrows into my soul. All are welcome, but it’s the arrows creating the life-changing feelings I truly seek the most because they are rare, and unexpectedly pass through one’s life as a wonderful, unique gift. A gift that changes my life and uncontrollably stirs my soul.
And until recently, I saw “connection” as the process that gave me these incredible gifts. However, with this summer’s avalanche of experiences I now see that this is no longer true. Connection is the result … the reward … the rich, joyful outcome. Many roads lead to it, but it is the resulting connection that offers an incredibly unique, emotionally filled, and shared experience. An outcome generated when I bring myself together with someone, expose my playfulness and emotional vulnerability, and share deeper, shared moments together meant to leave myself and others feeling seen, heard, valued, and good. It’s the formula … the “stuff” of connection … the fuel that forms and ignites it. And when it occurs, it resonates within me like nothing else!
Life is a one-way journey. No part of the path is ever retraced. And as I walk this path, I seek steps offering myself good feelings. So the quest is to surround myself with conditions creating possibility … possibility of creating good feelings … possibility of creating once-in-a-lifetime feelings. For me, creating connection raises the possibility for both pleasant and intensely unique good feelings. So it now becomes a banner I carry as I walk … a banner reminding me to create opportunities that fill me with joy and offer the chance for incredible sensations. Opportunities for connection …