11 Powerful DIY Ways to Reimagine Connection

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Rethinking and Repurposing Risk

Creating and sustaining connection in a world increasingly virtual, aiming viral, asks wholeheartedly this. What do we consider our greatest risk?

It’s easy to escape into our world of reality TV, or submerge into a shoppers world psychology on our steadfast search to fill the void — yes, to sell and be sold, everywhere we look, evidence of symptoms from too much escapism.

The loss of true social connection, even in at a time when fast data floods into our personal lives, is wreaking havoc on our health and in our relationships. Have we leaned too far left or too far right, off the path of balance toward our isolation instead of human co — operation?

Has our off-the-grid living, our fight or flight MO from adaptation to breaking news headlines escalated our fear of being hurt divided us beyond repair — or can we reimagine relationships and reinvent our social connection?

I offer that we, as a global compassionate society having the resources for the latter can — Reimagine, and REDEFINE a connected life.

“What do we consider our greatest risk?”

Perhaps the biggest risk of all is in challenging our own thought system — challenging the thoughts and beliefs that support the requests that question our integrity, our values, our heart, and our inherent worth. Isn’t taking the risk of quieting our mind worth the rewards of productivity, self esteem and happiness? Perchance, it is learning to lean inward into our heart centered stillness that is precisely what we need to grant the strength to grow onward.

What if, together in collective stillness, we make that giant leap forward into the consequence of Joy we didn’t expect? If the “consequence” of risking “it all” was positive and we arrived in and through self-love — would we not choose to open more doors?

I’m suggesting we can grow together by including more, and through risk, develop and deepen our connection. Let’s begin. Slowly or with vigor, I’ll join you on the adventure — are you ready?

11 Sure-fire ways risking “it all” can help develop greater connection and increase authenticity in our relationships.

  1. Work Together. We accomplish much more by working with each other. We’ll gain even more insight about each others lives — the more we know about each other and our passions, the more compassionate we become. Compassion is the action part of our passion (love).
  2. Nurture Love. The greatest gift we can acknowledge really — is love. Nurture the understanding that we are a part of love and not separate from it. It’s our ticket to positive outcomes.
  3. Remain Open. All too easy for us to shut down with addiction to food, alcohol, sex, games— excess of anything, only leads to further separation. With our hearts and minds open and clear, we provide room for new opportunity to rise.
  4. Listen. Part of remaining open is learning listening skills. In our silence, we can hear what each other is really saying — and hear ourselves too.
  5. Trust. Trust that life is happening for you and not against you. Think back on how many “bad” things have led us to great joys and greater accomplishments. Reframe.
  6. Be Yourself. The risk of being ourselves is the key to personal freedom. Be all of you, even the most absurd — discover who else appreciates that part of you. Who wouldn’t love you for that?
  7. Include Everything. Try and live without negative judgments.
  8. Give Gratitude. This simple but profound act of acknowledgement transforms us, our lives and our relationships in the fastest and deepest ways.
  9. Tell your Story. When we are listening it allows others to share their story. The opposite rule applies. Express what you are feeling.
  10. Be of Service. Sharing our knowledge — and our hand, is the key to our sustainability. Service assists in the discovery that risk is no longer a viable threat, but a fulfilling state of being.
  11. Get Curious. Learning new things, discovering books and places and people is a powerful tool to create greater connection and healthy authentic relationships. And — curiosity will keep us young at heart!

Originally published at yesrising.com on May 28, 2017.