Mindful Monday: Connection as a Basic Need

Good morning, and Happy Presidents’ Day (or day off…)

Have you ever thought about what it is that makes you operate? Maybe it’s just the basic things that come to mind, like a job that keeps you motivated and helps pay the bills, or your house that gives you shelter and physically keeps you safe. But what happens when you dig a little bit deeper and venture beyond the tangible?

Researchers are becoming more and more fascinated by the idea that it’s not our physical features and bodies that make us human; yes, we’re human because of the many characteristics that define us, but we’re uniquely our own because of our ability to hear and be heard, to touch and be touched, to give and receive without judgement, to empathize, to heal, to connect. At the root of it all, we’re actually hard-wired for connection. Think about the first time you stepped into a yoga class. Your teacher offers that (s)he will be walking around to give some light hands on assists and adjustments, and maybe immediately you became vulnerable and a little uncomfortable: Whhhhat? This person I’ve never met before wants to put their hands on me and adjust my practice that I’m already self-conscious about? Gulp.

And yet, if we’re honest, what keeps us coming back?

Connection is everything.

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