You know those moments, right? When life just… shifts. It’s like you’re walking along a path you’ve known forever, and suddenly, there’s a fork in the road, unmarked, unexpected. It’s in these times—when the familiar becomes unfamiliar, and the steady ground of our lives feels like it’s shifting beneath our feet—that we often find ourselves longing for connection. Not just any superficial interaction, but a real sense of belonging. It’s as if amid the whirlwind of change, our hearts are reaching out for something to hold onto—a community, a friend, a shared experience—something that reassures us, ‘Hey, you’re not alone in this.’

When everything turns upside down, it has a way of revealing what truly matters. You start to see beyond the daily hustle, realizing that it’s not just about getting through the day; it’s about who’s walking beside you, who’s there when you laugh, cry, or just need to talk. This yearning for belonging, to me, is not about latching onto something out of fear or uncertainty. Rather, it’s about finding those genuine connections that remind us of our place in the world, showing us how our lives intertwine with others in meaningful ways.

In these moments, I often recall the words of Rumi:
‘Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.’

These words speak to me of a place beyond our individual struggles, a place where we can connect on a deeper, more authentic level. Amidst life’s chaos, there’s a space of mutual understanding and shared experiences where we can truly meet.

So, when everything’s up in the air, and we feel alone even in a crowd, it’s this field Rumi talks about that we seek—a place of genuine connection. It’s about finding those who truly listen, who understand the stories hidden behind our smiles and the silent struggles we face. This longing isn’t just for company; it’s for a connection that touches our soul.

Julia Delaney

In my own life, I’ve experienced isolation, both physically and emotionally. I understand profoundly that the craving for connection speaks to a deeper need. It’s about acknowledgment of our presence, going deeper beyond the facade we put up for the world. It’s an echo within us, calling for a connection that transcends mere physical presence—a connection that fills the gaps in our lives with understanding and empathy.

It’s in these times of change that we’re reminded of our shared humanity. We all go through these shifts, these moments of unexpected choices and new paths. And it’s this shared experience that binds us, bringing us together in ways that go beyond the surface. This is when we understand that belonging isn’t just about being part of something; it’s about feeling understood and accepted for who we are, especially when the ground beneath us feels unsteady.

In these transformative moments, let’s remember the importance of human connections. These connections grant us the strength and resilience needed to embrace life’s new chapters, comforting us with the knowledge that on this vast and unpredictable journey, we are accompanied by others who share our path, our stories, and our lives. And sometimes, in the midst of all this, we need a moment to pause, to breathe, and to find solace within ourselves.

Calming Connection

Be Alive 🌱
Love ❤️, Julia



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