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.

The core beliefs we have about ourselves and the people close to us are reflected and magnified in our social systems.
As our worldview shifts from “self-contained units” to “part of an interconnected organism and system,” our behavior changes too.
The ability to interact with others from profound love isn’t a soft skill--it's a difficult one. And it’s also a necessity for evolving our lives together in a civil society. It can be learned.
Human communities, like the natural world, show us that we are never alone, but always part of the interconnected fabric of all existence.
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Change in Extremis: A Prison Bodhisattva

San Quentin is perched on the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay and at the foot of the Richmond Bridge, with a gorgeous waterfront, moist ocean air, and a view of Marin’s Mt. Tamalpais in the distance. The prison was built in 1855 and has the look of a castle, a crenellated hulk with gothic arched windows. The whole place, other than the building blocks themselves, feels totally antiquated. Every process is paper-based: you sign in and out on clipboards. Paper laminate IDs peel at the corners, signs are washed out, there is dirt in the corners, mismatched furniture, cracked cement, chain link fences leaning every which way. On the appointed day, I signed in at the gate….


Read more in the free download chapter, which covers finding yoga, teaching fighters and being changed by life-eligible inmates doing their own inner work.

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