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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Making connections

Happiness is in the connections we make with ourselves and with each other.

This is a quote from Be Happy by Robert Holden and was one of this week's prompts at the Weaving Words writing group I attend.

In yoga recently I've been working with the philosophical point of vairagyam or non-attachment. On the face of it, this is the opposite of connection. However, often what stops me connecting with new people is a reluctance to let go, to allow myself to release my attachment to habits and forge new connections. Phrases like 'the wrong sort of people' or 'not like us' - which may well be rooted in my upbringing - can prevent me from crossing the floor to say hello to a stranger or to sign up to a course beyond my realm of experience. Yet when I do step forwards into a new circle, it often transpires that I already have a connection there through mutual friends or shared experiences.

Letting go can actually mean taking hold.

6 comments:

  1. That's very true. Sometimes you have to take risks and you find the most genuine connections with people you might not otherwise have spoken to.

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    1. Well, it's good to connect with you, Kate.

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  2. Hi Julia, love this quote "Happiness is in the connections we make with ourselves and with each other."

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    1. It's lovely, isn't it? Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  3. That's a good quote. I'm not sure that's the only route to happiness, but good relationships with others can bring a lot of joy.

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