"How can I connect?"
This is a good question to ask in each new moment. Let us lean into connection as the path to contentment.
Connection is all we are really seeking.
And it happens to also be the antidote to over-consumption. We do not indulge when we are in connection, because when we are connected we are in consideration of the whole, including all humans, plants, trees, water, fire, air, etc. We realize we ARE the Whole.
I walked by a native elder in Lithia Park today and I smiled. "Hello Angel," he said. "Hello," I replied as I stopped walking and turned to face him and his biker friend. I easily could have kept walking, and may have done so a few weeks ago, before I realized the greatest value we have is connection. He and his friend, Tommy, seemed surprised that I stood with them, engaged, and in equal gratitude for their level of Presence. We spoke of the value of service, and the native friend from New Mexico shared about his three washers and dryers that Creator gifted him to wash the clothes of our brothers and sisters without homes. Tommy's bracelet read "Destiny", and truly it was, for in five minutes I realized that disconnection is the only thing that causes fear, and connection is love. I am grateful for the hole in the wise elder's shoe that made him stop and say hello. I'm grateful to have remembered what is truly valuable.