Mindfulness is about being intentionally present in a moment, observing one’s experience with nonjudgmental acceptance, releasing attachment to outcome, thereby releasing suffering. Vulnerability is about allowing yourself to be seen for exactly who you are, thereby allowing true intimacy. Connection is the marble arch. It is the thread. The lifeblood. Whether we are talking about attachment that begins in utero, or about neural connections, mind-body-spirit connections, connection to a friend, to a loved one, to a pet, to nature, to your yoga practice, to your breath, your higher power, or to your wallet, that drug, that store, that abusive relationship, that job, the past, the inner critic, the self-sabotage, your fear, the control; within all of it there is a the central tenet of connection and relating, and all of it has a profound effect on your life.
So how do we manage our mindfulness, vulnerability, and connections and strive to embody our core healthy self? Continue reading