Connecting and extending out into the world

This Practice is meant to help you further develop your sense of being connected to other life forms in the world. Friends, allies, enemies, colleagues, loved ones, family members, people with similar interests and concerns, animals, nature, art.

When we feel connected we tend to feel more empowered and more at ease.
When we feel connected to the rest of the web of life, we have a clear sense of “having help.”
When we feel connected we know that truly, we are never all alone.

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Sit quietly on a straight backed chair, in a quiet space.

Breathe deeply.

Sit with your back straight but relaxed, and with your feet flat on the floor, and your hands resting gently on each leg.

Make sure to do this Practice SLOWLY…!

Breathe deeply several times.

Say the following to yourself (It is great to say it out loud if the situation allows.)

1. “I hear……… “(Name whatever sounds you hear in your local environment.)
Take two deep breaths. .

“I see……….” (Name whatever you notice visually. Colors, objects, movements, etc.)
Take two deep breaths.

“I feel…….” (Name whatever bodily sensations your are aware of. [heat in your hands or chest, an itching sensation, the beating of your heart, the clothing on your body, etc.] Be certain to take your time in doing so.)
Take two deep breaths.

Now, say the following:
2. “I am connected to “A” (Name a person, pet, a piece of music, or other art, an aspect of the natural environment, a company or organization)………..”
For example, “I am connected to my wife.”

Take two deep breaths.

3. “And being connected to “A” leads me to be connected (feel connected) to “B”.”
For example, “And being connected to my wife leads me to feel connected to my daughter.”

Take two deep breaths.

4. “And being connected to “B”, leads me to be connected/feel connected to “C”.”
For example, “Being connected to my daughter leads me to feel connected to my own inner child.”

Take two deep breaths

5. And being connected to “C” leads me to be connected/feel connected to “D”.”
For example, “Being connected to my own inner child leads me to feel connected to a sense of wonder.”

Breathe deeply three times.

Now say:
6. “I hear……… “(Once again, name whatever sounds you hear in your local environment.)
Take two deep breaths

“I see……….” (Name whatever you notice visually. Colors, objects, movements, etc.)
Take two deep breaths

“I feel…….” (Name whatever bodily sensations you are aware of, and be certain to take you time in doing so.)

Take two deep breaths

Now, name a new set of connections you are feeling:
7. “I am connected/feel connected to “E”.
For example: “I am connected to the music of Diana Krall.”

Take two deep breaths.

8. “And being connected to “E” leads me to be connected (feel connected) to “F”.”
For example: “Feeling connected to the music of Diana Krall, leads me to feel connected to being in love.”

Take two deep breaths

9. “And being connected to “F” leads me to be connected/feel connected to “G”.”
For example: “Feeling connected to being in love, leads me to be connected to how painful a broken heart can be.”

Take two deep breaths

10. And being connected to “G” leads me to be connected/feel connected to “H”.”
For example: “Being connected to the feeling of a broken heart, connects me the feeling of hope I have when watching an early morning sunrise.”
Breathe deeply three times.

Repeat this process twice more. You can do so by simply cycling back up to the top of the page.

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Once you are done it is great to take a few minutes to think about the experience you had.
You might want to do a bit of journaling.

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