Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Connecting with connection

Connection, a remarkable word...

Think of physical connections between objects: one road intersecting another, a computer connected to the internet, a phone line, electric lines, linking two pipes together, a pathway between buildings, a hallway between rooms, and holding hands with another;

Of emotional connections: Being on the same wavelength, empathizing with another, sharing a particular experience with others, sharing like beliefs or passions, family ties, friendships. Feeling part of something, part of a group, a community, a workplace. And intimacy, loving with your love;

Of spiritual connections: Through prayer, meditation, taking part in a religious ritual. Through canoeing a rushing stream, walking by the ocean, climbing a mountain. Some experience dipping into a "well", tapping a flow, through creating art, dancing, singing, drumming, painting, poetry, writing. Many call these acts of creation connecting to the spiritual.

It can mean an association or relationship between two different events. Connecting the dots, realization, a coherence of order of words. Networking with others who offer ideas, support, or assistance. Connecting with others in the same line of work, the same business. Bringing ideas together. Transferring to another plane or subway. Planning the next steps to take.

Connection also refers to any kind of partner dancing, such as tango, waltz, ballroom dancing, swing. In dancing, partnering is leading and following, connection between two to move as one. As is with dreams and life; as is with love. Perhaps connection means dancing with life…

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Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.
--Anne Raver

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
--Anais Nin

A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.

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