Connectivity is my teaching theme for January. It goes hand-in-hand with my personal 2021 theme of Reconciliation. I enjoy and use the themes and “word of the month” suggested by my own teachers and mentors; they help me focus and reflect, and it’s my wish that my monthly themes do the same for my students. Here are some things you can ponder…

  • What meaning does this word or concept have for you?
  • How does it infuse meaning into your yoga or Qigong practice and meditations?
  • How perhaps, does it inform your world view?
  • Through contemplation, can this theme inspire you and enhance the quality of your life and relationships?

Connectivity, hmm. In today’s world one might say that we are over-connected! Devices in our hands or on our person nearly every waking moment, and sheer panic when we misplace them. We’re bombarded with information/misinformation by social media and non-stop news, and inundated with emails and texts. This kind of connectivity can be negative and addictive. I’ve placed boundaries on myself creating “time-outs” for this kind of connection.

And then there’s the other kind of connectivity: Human Connectivity. The realization that although each of us is a unique individual, we are part of a whole – each of us a drop in the ocean, part of this sea of humanity. If we’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that if one suffers, so do we all. This pandemic has taught us quite an overwhelming lesson!

On a positive note, 2020 has forced us to go inwards; to connect with ourselves and find ways to manage isolation for those living alone and develop coping skills for families having to be together far beyond their comfort zones! Overall home life and family have become precious.

Finally, I leave you with the suggestion to connect with purpose and to find deeper meaning in connectivity. Every day, in one way or another, we are all connected!