Mental Space Monday: What Buddha has to do with Brene Brown and why it's so important in connecting with others

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. - Buddha Connection is why we're here. We are hardwired to connect with others. It's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives... -Brene Brown

As Buddha says, we all create our own worlds. And if Brene is correct (she is) we all innately yearn to connect, to intersect these isolated worlds with those around us. These worlds that our brains construct, the "reality" that we have decided to believe is more enjoyable, more rich and full and blissful if we can open our reality tunnel to those we care about.

But these are not new insights. So many throughout time have jumped into the arena and made a conscious decision to face life head on, to look it in the eye, to strip down and risk ridicule in the continual journey to find true connection with others and with life iteself. Even those 2 quotes that started us off span from Buddha in B.C.E to Brene in 2012. But how do we connect? Assuming we are committed to tearing down our walls and allowing the wrecking ball to do its damage repeatedly, how do we make true connections with those around us?

Welcome to Mental Space Monday -

Where we dive down the rabbit hole of collective consciousness and join the tea party that is reality.

So, in attempting to connect our reality with those around us, we need a way to  get to the essential nature of our experience, to clarify the details of our personal painting so that others may view it more accurately and appreciate it for all its quirky, intense, unique beauty.

Luckily, there is a word that will help us do this:

definition (n.) Look up definition at (Yes, the word we are defining IS actually "definition") In logic, meaning "act of stating what something means" is from 1640s; meaning "a statement of the essential nature of something" is from late 14c.; the special focus on words developed after c.1550. Meaning "degree of distinctness of the details in a picture" is from 1889.

There are 2 important points to note here:

1. In discussing our point of view clearly with others, we offer a more distinct picture of our own world of thoughts to them which enables us to more genuinely find connection, and according to Brene and her piles of research, find more purpose and meaning.

2. The words we use are infinitely important. Words themselves are so much more than simple sounds, they literally convey understanding and carry a carnal response within them. Our brains know innately that each word carries is a world of meaning, a societal history and story and implication that is much more far reaching than us simply forming sounds with our mouths.

Words carry an essential nature of human thought that our minds react to on more levels than the auditory. In order to connect with others and share the worlds of reality that we create through our perceptions, we must harness the power of language. Use marvelous words that inspire others to see your beautiful world. Branch out and try some new nomenclature that shares your unique perspective in a beautiful way.

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