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“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

As the weather warms up and we come out of winter/spring hibernation mode we naturally crave companionship, relationships and getting outside to enjoy the bounty of Mother Nature. Therefore it's important and time to get back out there and find our pack, our tribe, our Sangha.

In sanskrit, the wordSangha encompasses the idea of having a community, a circle, a group of people who practice the art of living together. Studies have shown that strong connections with others helps individuals decrease stress, increase self-esteem, and harness more control over their lives. They even have stronger immune systems! Your Sangha supports, loves, and guides you to be the absolute best, most vibrant version of yourself. And you, in turn, do the same for them. Pause and take a moment to call to mind those who make up your personal Sangha.

Now let’s take it one step further and remind them how much they mean to you. Think of this effort as a spontaneous love-note, an act of admiration and gratitude for those in your life that fan your flames. It is WAY to easy to take our loves for granted. We know they love us, so constant actions, thoughts + words of affirmation get lost through days, years, decades spent together. But it shouldn't be that way. If you love someone tell them, if you feel something show them. This doesn't have to be through grand actions and events. The most precious and priceless moments will be the ones spent simply being in the arms and presence of those you love and cherish.

So grab your tribe, call your loves, send them the long lost art of airmail (leave texting for this weekend...) hearing someones voice is priceless. OR make plans to see them instead of catching up over e-mail, text, phone calls (of course if geography allows). It's TOO easy to get sucked into devices. It is sometimes our reality, but we can make a conscious choice to not let this happen. In my mind we are NEVER too busy for love and your Sangha.

Take this weekend to nurture, connect and love.

love & light