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In this episode, Theresa & Sherry have a casual conversation that dives into the heart of their mission, which is to connect the individual to the collective through our shared stories. It's not so much "connecting" as it is "reminding" people of our natural state of interdependence.
Following is the time-stamped synopsis of the show so you can refer back if you wish.
00:02:13 - Connective Tissue & The Great Communicator
Theresa talks about the fascia as the connective tissue of the physical body, but also highlights its role as the great communicator in housing our ability to connect with our senses and all of the receptors that are communication receptors for the mind, body, and spirit.
00:08:14 - Families & Communities
Theresa shares her experience of being born into a family of seven siblings and how each individual plays a unique role in the collective. They also discuss how finding community and belonging can come from exploring personal interests and hobbies.
00:11:45 - Awareness of Interdependence
Sherry and Theresa reflect on the importance of having an awareness of our interdependence and the impact that our individual actions can have on the collective. They highlight examples such as voting and coming together for causes or events as ways to not only create change and make a difference but recognize the importance of everyone’s role in creating something whole.
00:14:44 - Different Experiences of Collectives
The hosts discuss how there are different experiences of being in a collective, from small groups to larger communities, and even unseen but felt connections. Sherry reflects on her personal experience of going on a 3-day charity bike ride (Boston – NY AIDS RIDE) as an example of being one essential part out of many and how the collective was a big part of that story.
00:15:26 - The Role of Individuals in the Collective
The hosts stress the importance of recognizing that not everyone will contribute to the collective in the same way. They discuss the shame that often arises when individuals feel like they are not doing enough but emphasize that simply being alive means you are essential and already contributing to the collective.
00:19:42 - Benefits of Belonging
The conversation moves on to the benefits of belonging, such as a sense of community and having access to resources. They use the example of the yoga festival they attended to illustrate the value of being a part of a cooperative group.
00:23:33 - Love and Community
The hosts discuss the practice of expanding the circle of love and compassion to include more people and communities. They also talk about the value of personal connections and how individuals can contribute to the collective through small actions.
00:25:19 - Fitting In vs. Belonging
The hosts differentiate between fitting in and belonging, with the latter being a more meaningful and personal experience. They also discuss their differing approaches to social situations and how they navigate them. (See Brene Brown quote below)
00:28:32 - Connectivity and Contribution
The conversation concludes with a discussion of the different ways individuals can contribute, such as supporting local businesses or volunteering. They stress the importance of recognizing our interconnectedness and finding ways to connect with others, even in small ways.
00:31:27 - Individual and Collective Connection
The hosts discuss how practicing awareness can help us see how we are all connected and part of the same collective, even if we have different beliefs. They also talk about the prevalence of online communities and how they can provide a sense of belonging.
00:32:52 - Living in a Global Community
The hosts highlight the benefits of living in a global community, including the ability to connect with people from around the world and increase our awareness of our connections. They mention their surprise at having listeners in countries like the United Arab Emirates and Thailand.
00:36:02 - Self Study
The hosts discuss how their programs and retreats are all in service of self-study and belonging. They encourage listeners to attend upcoming events, which will focus on resetting and restoring for the new season.
00:37:22 - Spring and Summer Retreats
The hosts announce their upcoming retreats in June, which will focus on the rebirth of spring and the healing powers of nature. They encourage listeners to stay tuned for more information and to work their calendars to attend.
00:38:40 - Growing Community
The hosts emphasize the importance of community and belonging and express their excitement at the growing number of people connecting through their programs and events. They encourage listeners to join and find an extra place to belong.
12 year old wisdom on fitting-in vs. belonging:
"If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, it's fitting in." Amen.
FB Post from Brene Brown 2012
Links & Sources from the Show:
Rainbows of Healing (Valerie & Ian) - Sound healing and so much more!
Interfaith Food Alliance (Lower Bucks County, Pa)
Flower of Life Yoga (Morrisville, Pa)
Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio (Yardley, Pa)
Meaning of Chipmunks (Universe of Symbolism)
Selenite (some interesting facts)
Our Amazing Team:
Judith George - Editor (video & audio)
Keith Kenny - Music
Cindy Fatsis - Photography