Definition of Connection:
a relationship in which a person is linked or associated with something else.

Synonyms of Connection:

link, relationship, interrelation, interdependence, association, attachment, parallel,  etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and related 12 step programs.
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We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.
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Many people are lost because they don’t know the importance of connection to the Earth.
When we are disconnected from the Earth, we have feelings of being sad or lost. When we are connected to the Earth, we feel warm and secure. –Elder’s Meditation 29/01 | More…

Fundamental to human be-ing is a root of connectedness-and specifically of that connectedness as somehow lost, missing, or wounded. The resultant yearning to be in some way united with reality beyond or larger than one’s self underlies all art, religion, and love.

When that connection is not present, we experience alienation and separation, a sense that ‘something is wrong’ or, as philosopher Alfred North Whitehead put it in locating the origins of spirituality, ‘Something is awry’.

We reach out to touch, we ache for contact, but something is missing. In the absence of that connection, we experience the sensation of being fractured, torn apart, pulled in a dozen different directions. — The Spirituality of Imperfection/Ernie Kurtz & Katherine Kechum p.72-73 | More…
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The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of the races, Red people, Yellow people, Black people and White people. These four directions are symbolic of all races. Everything in the circle is connected and related.

All races are brothers and sisters. If we are related to each other, then it is important to love one another as brother and sister, aunt and uncle, Fathers and Mothers, Grandfathers and Grandmothers.

We need to care for each other and especially respect each other. We need to honor one another’s differences whether that difference is the colour of our skin or our opinions.
We should respect differences. –Elders | More…

For every human being to feel connected, we must have the feeling of belonging.
If for some reason, while growing up, you did not develop the feeling of belonging,
A search will be triggered and a restlessness will be present in your heart.

You will have a hole inside you, something missing, until you find your place and your people. We can get this feeling of belonging when we realize we belong to the Great Spirit and that He loves us. Elders | More… Related image
When we are clear on our purpose, we will feel connected and safe. We will feel love.
When we are disconnected we don’t know who we are or why we are, we will feel pain.

We will hurt inside – we will be wounded within. This is time for ceremony and reconnection to God and Mother Earth. This is the time of prayer. –Elders | More…

Everything that comes from the earth will return to the earth.  We should be able to realize the connectedness to the earth. We can easily feel this connectedness if we can answer these three questions: why am I?, who am I?, and where am I going?

If we cannot answer these questions, then perhaps we need to talk to the Elders.
Go to the Elders and ask, “Grandfather, why am I?; Grandmother, who am I?; Oh Great One, where am I supposed to go?” The Elders will help us with these three questions. –Elders Meditations | More…
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All spiritual awakenings have some things in common. Common elements include an end to loneliness and a sense of direction in our lives. Some kinds of spiritual experiences take place when we confront something larger than we are. We suspect that forces beyond our understanding are operating. We see a fleeting glimpse of the big picture and find humility in that moment. Through our new awareness, we no longer feel isolated from the rest of the human race. We may not understand why the world is the way it is or why people sometimes treat one another so savagely. But we do understand suffering and, in recovery, we can do our best to alleviate it. When our individual contribution is combined with others, we become an essential part of a grand design. We are connected at last. –Just For Today | More…

Have you ever noticed the relationship between children and the soil? Our bodies love to touch the Earth. Sometimes we forget these simple things. Great Spirit, let me touch the Earth so the Earth can touch me. –Elders Meditations | More…

Everything on our Earth is alive. Every rock, every plant, every animal, every tree, every bird, every thought is alive. This is true because everything is made by the Great Spirit and the Great Spirit is alive. We need to slow our lives down each day and realize, consciously, that this is true. First we need to realize it, second, we need to acknowledge it, third, we need to appreciate it and, finally, we need to go on. –Elders Meditations | More…
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The night time is full of life, full of song, and full of beauty. At night all our senses change their roles. Because we can’t see, our hearing is much stronger, our smell is even more enhanced, our sight is different. We can close our eyes and experience interconnectedness in a different way. –Elders Meditations | More…

When we are in an unhealthy state physically or emotionally, we always want thrills. In the physical domain this will lead to counterfeiting the Holy Ghost; in the emotional life it leads to inordinate affection and the destruction of morality; and in the spiritual domain if we insist on getting thrills, on mounting up with wings, it will end in the destruction of spirituality. –Oswald Chambers | More…

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