11 Powerful DIY Ways to Reimagine Connection


Rethink and Repurpose Risk (image courtesy of Unsplash)

Repurposing Risk

Creating and sustaining connection in a world increasingly virtual, aiming viral, asks wholeheartedly this. What do we consider our greatest risk?

It’s easy to escape into our world of reality TV, or submerge into a shoppers world psychology on our steadfast search to fill the void — yes, to sell and be sold, everywhere we look, evidence of symptoms from too much escapism.

The loss of true social connection, even in at a time when fast data floods into our personal lives, is wreaking havoc on our health and in our relationships. Have we leaned too far left or too far right, off the path of balance toward our isolation instead of human co—operation?

Has our off-the-grid living, our fight or flight MO from adaptation to breaking news headlines escalated our fear of being hurt divided us beyond repair — or can we reimagine relationships and reinvent our social connection?

I offer that we, as a global compassionate society having the resources for the latter can —Reimagine it, and REDEFINE a connected life.

“What do we consider our greatest risk?”

Perhaps the biggest risk of all is in challenging our own thought system — challenging the thoughts and beliefs that support the requests that question our integrity, our values, our heart, and our inherent worth. Isn’t taking the risk of quieting our mind worth the rewards of productivity, self esteem and happiness? Perchance, it is learning to lean inward into our heart centered stillness that is precisely what we need to grant the strength to grow onward. 

What if, together in collective stillness, we make that giant leap forward into the consequence of Joy we didn’t expect? If the “consequence” of risking “it all” was positive and we arrived in and through self-love — would we not choose to open more doors?

I’m suggesting we can grow together by including more, and through risk, develop and deepen our connection. Let’s begin. Slowly or with vigor, I’ll join you on the adventure — are you ready?

Here are 11 sure fire ways risking “it all” can help develop greater connection and increase authenticity in our relationships.

  1. Work Together. We accomplish much more by working with each other, but we’ll gain even more insight about each others lives. The more we know about each others passions the more compassionate we become. Compassion is the action part of our passion.
  2. Nurture Love. The greatest gift we can acknowledge really — is love. Nurturing the understanding that we are a part of love and not separate from it. It’s our ticket to positive outcomes.
  3. Remain Open. All too easy for us to shut down with addiction to food, alcohol, excess of anything, only leads to more isolation. With our open hearts and our open minds, we can provide room for new opportunity to rise.
  4. Listen. Actually part of remain open is learning listening skills. In our silence, we can hear what each other is really saying.
  5. Trust. Trust that life is happening for you and not against you. Think back on how many “bad” things at the time have led us to great joys and greater accomplishments.
  6. Be Yourself. The risk of being ourselves is the key to personal freedom. Be all of you, even the most absurd — discover who else appreciates that part of you. Who wouldn’t love you for that?
  7. Include Everything. Try and live without negative judgments.
  8. Give Gratitude. This simple but profound act of acknowledgement transforms our selves, our lives and our relationships in the fastest and deepest ways.
  9. Tell your Story. When we are listening it allows others to share their story. The opposite rule applies.
  10. Be of Service. Sharing our knowledge and our hands is the key to our sustainability. Service assists in the discovery that risk is no longer a viable threat, but a fulfilling state of being.
  11. Get Curious. Learning new things, discovering books and places and people is a powerful tool to greater connection and healthy authentic relationships. And — curiosity will keep us young at heart!

Chance Meetings, Cosmic Grace


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What is Given, Received

Let us take refuge in our likeness when unknown eyes run into ours. Breathe — in the expanse offered when such gaze from a stranger discerns deeper connection. Perhaps we never met, true, still we know some-thing about each other.

Our personality may have forgotten, but our soul has not. And though our body’s may have changed, our eyes remained the same.

What is it when someone we don’t know says something so rich, it moves us with tingles or tears? When synchronicity rings so true that we say hmmm…huh. There is no physical threat to us, no, what we feel of this stranger, or angel —  is simply the triggering of the frequency of our connection lighting up our field of remembrance.

Something clicks internal that’s eternal, and now and again, within a blink, decades of searching for understanding is understood — take refuge in the acknowledgement that you are like your brother, oh yes, do.

Take refuge in the angel’s eyes and enter inner dedication. Bring presence in the present moment — for in it, provides the data, proof of something great weaving through us all.

Step into those serendipitous events. And in solidarity join in heart with each other — for on this day we are united — One on big blue-green planet Earth.

We all know as years grow on, we can look back and see the people that shaped and molded our future. Let it not stop there. Gently accept your strange angels stare with open hearts.

These chance meetings?

No, there are no strangers nearby, only angels among us exposing gleams of light reminding us — who we really are.

Return the receipt dear global citizens— all is well — with a word or nod or wave or smile. Take refuge in the fleeting moment our eyes meet in cosmic grace.For it is that waking moment, sent to bring us confirmation of our precious peace — and that moments gift to others, they are safely on their soul-journey.

These are our waking instants.

In the burden of surrender we rise — through us love shall speak. We only need show up wearing our burden gracious, for the word will take the stage, and at once — what is given, is received.

Stand in reverence of each passing gift, because it is in parting — that we receive. Take refuge in our likeness my friends— embrace the wise as it beckons us to rise. In our strangers eyes flash the sentiment; wake up. May I reflect your greatest good?



Field of Possibility

Imagine what you and I can accomplish together. Not separately “I” can accomplish, rather when we join our minds and good will.

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Forward into Justice

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Forward into Justice

We the People for Moral Clarity and Social Equality

Each of us, on sacred journey’s, fever to move forward making our own lives better, forging pathways for our children to walk a better life than we. But so much deeper in our conviction, laying down beside us, remains a truth — we cannot do it on our own.

The election of 2016, illuminate a state of moral cloudiness in our country, if not the world, that we wish were just the difference of opinion over party lines. No — it is more than that and we must look at it now. 240 years of American history holding injustices today — no longer tolerable, wear thin the land, battled and bloodied — Mother Earth and her people sigh in pain.

We the people, must look at our founding fathers and our fathers and at ourselves. We the people must acknowledge what has been stolen from Indigenous People and their lands — having leveraged for personal gain, and raped clean water streams, we have left Native America fractured. Forgive us.

We the people must acknowledge we feed our poor and hungry cancer-causing foods and then keep our sick, sick because sicker means higher ROI. We hold back opportunity, keeping us less educated and dependent on a system that generates profits for the top 1 percent. Forgive us.

We the people — we, must see that we have nothing to fear, but love to gain, in the eyes of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We must see reflected in our own mirror that which is wrong and immoral. We need willingly acknowledge, because we are compassionate and loving beings, that codes, profiling or bans on any group is morally wrong and exactly the same model that Hitler used to openly plan to “clean up” the Jews in 1942. Forgive us.

We must see our beloved LGBTQ friends and family as exactly that — our friends and our family — you and I. We hide no more.

We the people must see women’s rights as far more than any one right — for we are equal spirits. We the people must acknowledge that we see the oppression of equal pay, the right to choose, voter suppression — and democracy’s fearful oppressors as intolerable. And vow to change it.

We must see what stands real before us and awaken today, from our numbing agents of booze and sugar, pills and propaganda. We must begin living — for we are alive. We must stop blaming outward the problems in which you and I participate inward. It was never fine and it is not fine now.

What do we do?

We begin. And if you began 30 years ago — continue.

On January 21, 2017, the world witnessed the largest protest in American history — The Women’s March!

Women, men, allies and freedom fighters gathered worldwideBerlin, London, Paris, Sydney, Cape Town, New York, Washington, D.C and more joined together in the name of love and for the progression of justice. We stood and stand for safety and inclusion, for equal pay and equal rights, reproductive rights, dignity and for respect. We are an inclusiveness movement.

You saw us togetherLatino, Muslim, LGBTQ, black, white, elder, poor, oppressed, sick, rich, Asian, and indigenous, as American and global citizens. Every colour, creed, gender, age and species standing to be seen, to be heard, to be loved — and to love freely. We need moral clarity, we want social equality — and we come for freedom.

On February 2-4, New York Times best selling author and speaker Marianne Williamson led a three day conference called Sister Giant, bringing some of the most respected voices and advanced conversations of love and compassion together in one room. Sister Giant rallied a world call, “the intersection of spirituality and politics” as Williamson calls it. Political, spiritual, poetical and philosophical speakers delivered passionately, their expertise to citizens all across the globe sharing a single message between them — to get involved. Each asked us to step into our greatness because, we can afford to sleep no more.

What do we do?

We participate.

We the people are called to exercise the voice of love. Our checklist should read, join with each other in celebration at Earth Day, Gay Pride, in airports or on the streets in our cities. Our checklist should read — show up with love for civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock. Our checklist should remind us, to join organizations like the Center for American Progress or ACLU.  And we the people should be reminded often that we need to help our neighbors, and we must love our children — all of them.

What can we do?

Show up — move us forward into Justice.




Let this morning light serve

a world awakened

which You Divine

shine through and speak

Unfolding anew through

new shape and sound and form

striking and beautiful

in simplest and humble things

for I am you and you, I

dreaming one —

thank you for peace prevailed

and if our enemy says

“I forgot love”

let the words be transformed

when you remind us all —

IS love.

from the GRACE OF REDEFINING LOVE, a book about changing perception




NO FEAR FRIDAY—It’s All About Love!

No Fear Friday is a weekly campaign on INSTAGRAM aimed at replacing fear with love. Being the dreamer that I am, I began this forum in 2015 as a way to encourage us all to seek out the goodness in life.

We live in challenging, yet, extraordinary times — FULL of energy and possibility. You and I have the ability and the social responsibility to redefine our views, perceptions, and beliefs about Love and what is possible in our world.

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Namaste! ❤

P.S. Coming soon! I’m publishing my third book titled THE GRACE OF REDEFINING LOVE, Changing Perception. My first book MERGING WORLDS is available on AMAZON.