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Sunday Connections

weekly forum

Sunday Connections was born out of the realization that in modern life we’ve become more and more disconnected from one another and the pandemic has only exacerbated that situation.

The decline of the extended family, the increased mobility as people move to search for work or better housing, the heavy workload people now encounter that takes much of their free time and leaves them exhausted, have all added to the problem. The emphasis on rugged individualism in American culture may have created a population of strong independent people but it hasn’t necessarily brought us together better and now the political and social chaos threatens to divide us even more.

Why is connection important?

Abraham Maslow, the famous Humanistic psychologist, proposed a Hierarchy of Needs. The most fundamental of these needs were oxygen, water, shelter, and food. Just above that on the list was belongingness. In order to have a sense of belongingness you must first be able to connect with people.

Anthropologists have found cultures in which shunning is used as a form of severe punishment. To their surprise, they found that the shunned person frequently went home, turned their face to the wall and died for no physically apparent reason.

Belongingness is basic to life: to truly belong you must feel as if you are unconditionally accepted as the authentic you.

To not belong is to feel lonely.
Loneliness is not due to being alone.

You can be alone and yet feel a strong connection with other people who love and support you.

Loneliness is not the same as being alone.

You can be with other people in a relationship, in the middle of a large family group, or in a crowd, and feel very lonely because you do not feel connected in ways that are important to your well-being.

Loneliness is a health issue: to be lonely is the health equivalent of smoking 15 packs of cigarettes per day.

Belongingness activates processes in your body that strengthen your immune system and turn on anti-aging hormones.

Loneliness is a health issue: to be lonely is the health equivalent of smoking 15 packs of cigarettes per day.

Belongingness activates processes in your body that strengthen your immune system and turn on anti-aging hormones.

Too much self-protection can be dangerous to your health and happiness.

Early in life we take on ideas that are subconscious about how to protect ourselves in many situations including human relationships. 

Parents strive to protect us by giving us simple rules to follow and we often fail to question those rules as we grow up.

These beliefs may not serve us well in the long run.

To feel truly as if you belong you must challenge these rules.

Get rid of old beliefs that make you feel isolated

Sunday Connections will be a weekly forum in which we can question and examine those beliefs and form new ones.

We will start each session with a very special meditation technique from HeartMath™ called the Quick Coherence Technique™ to put us all into a peaceful state where we can contemplate.

Then we will look at how we can best connect with ourselves, those around us, and those we haven’t even met yet.

Topics will include such concepts as:

  • Awareness of the many filters stored in your subconscious that are no longer serving you well.
  • How can you feel safe enough to peel away some of those filters?
  • What are the simple feelings you can become aware of that you can use to tell if a connection is “safe” for you or not?
  • What or who are you barring from your life that might be rewarding to you?
  • What are your “inner gems” that no one recognizes? Why don’t they?
  • …and more.

    BONUS:

      After our regular session from 4 to 5 pm CT, you are invited: to

      Join the Sunday Connections Group on the Global Coherence Initiative by HeartMath™, a worldwide program designed to get people everywhere to work on connecting peacefully with one another.

      From 5 to 5:15 you will experience a fun way to stay connected and understand how much we are not alone.

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      Sunday Connections – weekly forum for exploring the mysteries of human-to-human relationships within ourselves, with those around us, and with those we have yet to meet.
      Join me for a virtual exploration of what the cutting edge sciences of neuropsychology and quantum physics have to offer us in terms of fulfilling one of our deepest needs: belongingness.

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