December is often associated with greetings, giving, and cheer. But today’s fast-paced lifestyle can make those concepts surprisingly challenging. Spending hours behind the steering wheel or preoccupied by phones and technology, we might skip chances to connect meaningfully with those around us.
However, there is tremendous value in cultivating these opportunities. When you connect with intention, rather than go mindlessly through your day, small gestures—a smile, a hello—can infuse your moment-to-moment experiences with positivity. Benefits may include a sense of well-being, purpose, and self-confidence.
A good place to begin an exploration of connections with others is simple awareness. Look around you. At the cash register or in a restaurant, notice the nametag of the person who’s helping you. Addressing that individual by name adds appreciation and sincerity to the exchange, and shows that, yes, even strangers hold value in our lives. The power of simple eye contact can’t be overlooked. Try it out with anyone, from the stranger holding the door open for you to the driver who offers you a chance change lanes during rush hour. If you find yourself uncomfortable or out of practice with the gestures of connection, start with a smile and a nod.
These small actions help us to strengthen our ability to be fully present with those around us, which is by far the greatest gift we can ever give.
Instead of filling your days with empty interactions, bridge the gap between yourself and others, and reap the benefits of a life filled with true connections, strong friendships, and a world of people creating harmony on earth.
We know the value of offering our full presence to another person because it is a key element to our approach in everything we do here at Upward Spiral. We dare say, this is the space in which healing truly begins. All of our classes and services are here to help you navigate this space within yourself.