About the Book
The Miracle of Connection cracks the code to creating deep and intimate connections. It is about becoming empowered to transform the quality of your relationships by developing a relationship with your Self. Relationships don’t just happen, they are co-created. In this book, you will learn the basic principles and essential skills needed to create ever-growing and deepening relationships.
As human beings, one of our basic needs is love, connection, and understanding. When we don’t receive these, we experience pain. When we get our need for connection met, we can have more fulfilling relationships.
In this book you will learn:
• Seven basic principles for relating, connecting, intimacy, and conversation
• For singles only: navigating your pursuit of relationships
• Three types of conversations essential to sustain an intimate relationship
• The optimal energetic balance of the intimacy sweet spot
• Mindful practices to guide you in becoming more connectable and creative
• How honest and true conversations resolve the wedge of disconnection
Through the stories, practical applications, and mindful practices in this book, you will learn how to connect with your Self and be guided step-by-step on how you can create the miracle of connection for yourself.
Chapter 1 What Is Self?
Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh wrote about the practice he called the Island of Self:
When the Buddha was eighty years old and knew, he wasn’t going to live much longer, he offered the practice of the “Island of Self” to his students. He said that there is a safe island within yourself that you can go back to every time you feel afraid, unstable, or in despair. Go home to the island of self, inside of you and take refuge there and you will be safe. The island of self is just one breath away. With the practice of mindful breathing or mindful walking, we can come home to our island straight away.
Self is consciousness.
Self is awareness. (Conscious awareness)
Self is nothing without awareness.
Self is as real as air.
Self is empty.
Self is full.
Self is always there. We all have one.
Self is spirit.
Self is God in you.
Self is your Higher Power.
Self is your Highest Power.
Self is sacred.
Self is observer.
Self is witness.
Self is home.
Self is where you belong, where you’re safe.
Your refuge. You can always visit. The door is always open.
What you are tethered to.
The ground you’re standing on.
Self is source.
Self is agency. (Assess, Decide, Act).
Self is your imagination.
Self is your unique essence.
Self is amorphous.
Self is energy.
Self is spirit.
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About the Author
Daniel Linder is all about empowering the transformation of relationships, elevating consciousness, increasing connectability, and igniting creativity by developing the relationship with your Self.
As a relationship therapist, he has worked with individuals, couples, and families for over 35 years. He trains you in the arts of relating, connecting, and conversing with others so that you can become a more confident and proficient connector.
Daniel can be reached at RelationshipVision.com.