Coming Home to True Connection
by Christine Marie Mason
There are more people living alone than at any time in history, and more depression than ever recorded. Violence to ourselves and each other continues to cast long shadows across generations. We are fragmented individually, and collectively to the point of vile speech and hate crimes based on false divisions. How do we heal?
Christine starts with her own story – traversing continents and walks of life in search of the answers to questions such as, Why do I feel alone in a room full of people? Do others feel this way? Why are people mean, or violent to each other? Is that reversible? How do we make more love and less conflict happen? Can we make a world that works better for all of us?
She finds in her search that all kinds of replicable miracles happen when we put connection first.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️If you are a human, if you wonder about what our modern world does to our minds and souls, if you wonder about an answer for violence not only in our society but ourselves, this book is for you. Christine Mason has lived a life of inspiration and labor few can match. That she has achieved so much in the halls of business and worldly accomplishment yet maintains primarily a passion for the most human question (Why do we feel separate when we know we are essentially connected?) is in itself something to learn from. Her personal life story of achievement and healing in the face of adversity and trauma would itself be instructive, but these pages are further bolstered by dozens of teachers and thinkers. She writes with a unique style which manages to be precise and dreamy at once, conversational and easy while exploring enormous and otherwise daunting concepts. You will be surprised how often you find yourself in these pages, even if you are not a CEO-yogini-philosopher-mother-grandmother, with an interest both in neurological programming and Indian mysticism. A terrific debut work.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Christine has written a brilliant book urging us toward more connection in a world that pulls us away from community. While reading this book, I suspended my judgements in three separate instances while increasing my connection to the people involved. In the first instance, I was traveling in a group when a man was paying more attention to me than I was used to. When a red flag went up in my mind, based on past experiences, instead of closing off, I remained open and found that he was only interested in learning from me. This astounded me. My second experience of connection came when a woman wrote on our Nextdoor app that she needed a place for her small dog while she worked. When she arrived our dogs hit it off but I gave her a copy of the book I had written and it turns out it was just what she needed to deal with people at work. This connection was profound for both of us. The third connection was when a musician friend asked me to attend a jam session that I would have preferred to skip in favor of isolating myself in my Lazboy chair. As I left, the people present said how much my husband and I added to their enjoyment. How often do you read a book and have your behavior change just from reading it? When you read Indivisible you will learn that all of our experiences, especially the 'bad' ones, propel us to the exquisite gold of who we have become.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️When we are young we tend to take life as it comes and believe that we are invincible. As we mature, take on more responsibility, and have families, our perspective quickly changes. We worry more about the economy, pay attention to international strife, and start questioning violence and unrest. As I have grown older I have started to look at the world through new eyes. I look back at my past and how it shaped me. I better understand how my parents fighting and divorce impacted me even though I was older when they separated. I have more clarity around why so many people who are empty, desolate, and come from violent pasts act the way that they do. I know that I am not alone. I recently read the new book Indivisible by Christine Marie Mason. When I read the back cover I was intrigued because I saw a bit of myself in her story. Christine shares a very personal journey with us and really opens up about her life and what led her to embark on honest and unusual searching. I think that you will see yourself throughout Christine’s journey and if not, you will begin to look around your world and ask new questions that may not have come to you before.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I recently finished reading a book called “Indivisible: Coming Home to Our Deep Connection” by my friend Christine Marie Mason. Some people write novels; some write cook books or how to’s. In this book Christine tackles, nothing less than world peace. She uses examples from her own life, as well as astute observations to come up with some ideas that could help us all to learn to “get along” with each other. This book is highly recommended.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I am so thrilled I had the honor and pleasure of reading Indivisible: Coming Home To Deep Connection by Christine Marie Mason. This book was absolutely awesome. In fact, I tweeted that the book “rocked my world.”There were so many things that resonated with me as an educator and leader. Most notable were sections that discussed, “Where does our core worth come from?” or “If you want to see separation in action, go to a public school cafeteria.” You will find the learning facilitated by this book to be useful in your professional life as well as your personal life. At the end of the book Christine spends time discussing resilience. This quote has stuck with me: “A long arc of a lifetime of achievement requires resilience and tenacity.” She goes on to explain her epiphany of, “I used to think that the traumatic things that happened to us in life were a curse, but I was wrong. Now I see these experiences as preparing me to serve.” Christine also taught me in the book that “A bad experience can be a point of departure from which we bring service to others.” Here’s the deal: This book is authentic! Christine wrote this book from her own perspective as what I call “the deer in the headlights.” This book will cause you to do a lot of reflection on your own life and how you lead. Indivisible is definitely a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!
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