Before we get to answering the question of how to find connection to yourself, I think it’s important we actually talk about what it feels like when we’re disconnected vs what it feels like to be connected.
Disconnection can feel like your head is spinning; like you’re constantly stressed out and overwhelmed; like you don’t have control of your emotions; like you’re out of touch with your own needs (mentally, physically, and emotionally), and like you’re standing on an island all by yourself.
The opposite is feeling connected; like you can handle the stress that life throws your way (note – this is not a lack of stress); like you can have conversations with yourself to know what you need (mentally, physically, emotionally); like you can control your reactions and emotions, and like you’re home in your own body.
Of course, these feelings of connection and disconnection can look a little different for each of us. You may find other ways to express how it feels when you’re connected to yourself, your soul, and your needs but you should find many (if not most or all) of those sensations to be true when you’re in a place of connection and disconnection.
Now the question becomes, how do you find connection to yourself? I’ve discovered the 5 Components of Connection which have proven to me to be key to my self-connection time and time again.
The 5 Components of Connection and Why They Are Important
Meditation is the practice of single-pointed focus which helps train the mind to redirect our thoughts, not simply turn off the monkey mind. A consistent meditation practice helps reduce stress and anxiety, improves memory and focus, enhances self-awareness, and so many other wonderful benefits for the mind and body.
Mindful movement allows you to connect deeper with your physical body by tuning into how it feels each day and then meeting your body where it’s at. Some days that may look like a fiery, strength training vinyasa practice, while another day it may look like a calming restorative practice and walk outside.
Self-care isn’t just some popular trend to help sell bath bombs and massage packages (though those things can be great). Self-care is essential. As cliche as it sounds, you can’t pour from an empty cup so you have to take time for yourself to fill it up.
Journaling is a proven tool for reducing stress and helps you tap into hidden emotions, patterns, and belief systems. When you’re able to stay present in your journaling practice, it’s like lifting off the veil of who you are at your core.
When you’re feeling disconnected from yourself, it’s so easy to fall into feelings of loneliness and isolation. Community is an important component to cheer you on, support you, and lift you up.
I have an announcement (and a major tease)! I’ve been busy working on a 28-day program to help you reconnect by making time for the most important person in your life – YOU.
We’ll build a sustainable practice over the course of 28 days using my 5 components of connection – meditation, mindful movement, self-care, journaling, and community.
Prepare to finish the 28 days feeling more in-tune with yourself, how you’re feeling every day, and what you need, while also being less stressed and overwhelmed, and feeling more peace and calm.
This course won’t be released for a few weeks, but get on the waitlist to find out as soon as it’s available.