This week, we’re thinking about the importance of connection. Brene Brown, research professor, lecturer, and leading expert on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, provides this definition:
We know, it’s A LOT. Take a moment - read it again. We’re wired for connection!
This is definitely not lost on us - we know the world is growing smaller via social media and other ways to connect with each other through tech. However, the digital age (and COVID-19) has pushed us to foster connectedness through our screens, and the need for real, in-person connection has suffered.
Just as much we need food and water, we need human connection to survive and thrive. As social creatures, our social fabric requires us to build and maintain intimate, close relationships. This social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop that feeds to our social, emotional and physical well-being.
A sense of connection is internal: research has shown that the benefits of connection are linked to what they call, our subjective sense of connection -- our own feelings of being understood and connected to others.
Mindfulness practices can deepen our connection to ourselves, which in turn allows for a deeper sense of connection to others. Opening up space for awareness and connection with yourself causes ripple effects in your relationships with others. We begin to see the inherent humanness inside of everyone we interact with.
We'd love to hear from you!
When do you feel the most connected? Does your meditation practice play a role in your sense of connectedness? How do you foster connection with others?
🎥 Brene Brown on Connection (6 mins): Brene speaks about her research and why she begins with connection. Connection is at the epicenter of Brene’s other research topics -- shame, vulnerability, fear, courage.
📖 Why We Are Wired to Connect (4 mins): The scientific approach to connection. Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections—and the broad implications for how we live our lives.
Aduri offers free and donation-based virtual meditation, mindset and education sessions Monday through Thursday. Check them out here!
SPECIAL MAY EVENT SERIES: MINDFUL MAY
Join Aduri, our brand partners, and featured guest, Nkechi Deanna Njaka, MSc., for a 4-part virtual event series exploring topics to empower your mental well-being. We’ll dive into Anxiety, Belonging, Connection, and Deep Sleep.