Palma Michel is the Co-Founder of Profuse29, a company that introduces mindfulness and mindful leadership to companies like London School of Economics and The Soho House Group and now you! In this article, Palma explains the importance of switching off from technology and improving your connections with loved ones...
Connection. It's one of the key pillars of happiness, yet in our daily lives many of us feel increasingly isolated and disconnected from each other. While our online communities grow, we often lack the time and presence for off-line connection. The digital age is challenging our relationships and in our “always on” culture, it is quite rare that we actually take the time to just listen uninterrupted to a friend, a colleague, an acquaintance or a loved one. We are often just present in our bodies and our minds are somewhere else.
Listening is so powerful. Being seen and heard is a basic human need. As Oprah Winfrey recently said, “There is a common denominator in our human experience. Everybody wants to know, did you hear me, and did what I say matter?”
When we truly listen and bring our full being into a situation, mind, body and an open heart, there is an opportunity for true connection. To simply be with another person, with an open and non-judgmental heart is sometimes all that's required for healing to occur. From my experience, that's where the magic happens.
Yet opening our hearts is easier said than done. Modern neuroscience tells us that practising loving-kindness meditation is the most powerful way to change our brain. It strengthens our compassion muscle, breaks down the walls around our hearts and opens our hearts like a blossoming flower. It allows our compassion, love for others and ourselves to flow effortlessly and boundlessly.
When was the last time you truly listened to another person without judging them in any way? What could you do today to allow true connection?
Today I invite you to really be present with others, to speak less, to listen more and to communicate with all of your being.