By Teri Jacobson, MA CYI
The definition of Connection according to Merriam-Webster,
“something that joins or connects two or more things: a person
connected with another.”
Humans are genetically programmed for connections via relationships
with others. We are highly attuned to reading social cues, non-verbal
actions that instantly tell us how another is feeling when we
communicate. We also have the ability to tap into our own inner
universe of feelings, thoughts and spirit. Studies are beginning to
realize how much social media and technology is disrupting the
biological connections necessary for our emotional survival.
For babies, the ability to grasp, which becomes fully developed around 9-12 months, is one of the most important developmental milestones. This core skill demonstrates planning, hand-eye coordination, muscular strength, and motor skills.
As adult spiritual practitioners, we have the opposite issue – how do we stop grasping and let go? Our minds are constantly grasping and fixating, creating much suffering in our minds and tension in our bodies. As Mick Jagger says, “You can’t always get what you want.” And that grasping is where samsara begins.
The Buddhist and Yogic traditions both offer clear, practical instructions on how to let go fully. When we integrate these traditions, working both with our body and our mental awareness, we have a powerful dual pathway to further relaxation and sense of peace.read more