Our interconnectedness operates at every level from the neural on up. When we are connected, we feel seen, heard, respected, and cared for, with a sense of trust and belonging.
Mindful attention lets us track signs of disconnection where reactivity and distorted perceptions lead to misunderstandings. We’re far more likely to work through our differences if we connect to a shared secure mode of empathy, insight, compassion, and skillful communication.
In any relationship—from inner, to interpersonal, to global—if we engage from what disconnects us, we’re far less likely to work through our differences. Peace begins within, then radiates outward to our families, friends, and communities to create a greater sense of interconnection at every level. To bring more peace in our world, we can start by connecting more genuinely within ourselves, integrating fragmented patterns that create the illusion of separateness into a more integrated sense of interconnectedness.
Now more than ever we need to work to resolve our differences by acknowledging a shared attunement that facilitates empathy while not insisting the other agree with us. We can turn toward compassion as our default mode. This weekend, through discussions, practices, and exercises in interconnectedness, we explore inner, interpersonal, community, inter-species, and environmental dimensions of connection.
A Chemistry of Connection Reflection From Tara Bennet-Goleman
Tara explains how a traffic jam at the foothills of the Himalayas gave her a deeper insight into the dimensions of connection.
Picture a narrow road meandering up a mountainside, with a steep drop off on one side and a sheer cliff on the other. Now imagine a truck heading downhill and a taxi going up, with a cow meandering along near them.
That’s what I saw recently on my way up to Dharamsala, in the foothills of the Himalayas. We were in that taxi rushing to get to a meeting on time. The truck driver probably had his own urgent schedule. And the cow, no doubt, was heading for greener pastures.
But when they all came together, there was an immediate traffic jam, with rows of cars, buses, and bullock carts behind both the truck and the taxi, everyone eager to get wherever they were going.
For several long moments it looked like nothing could move, the traffic at a standstill. Then someone walking by guided the cow off the road, the taxi edged to the side, and the truck, inch-by-inch, somehow got by. Magically the roadblock cleared.
It took spontaneous cooperation among many bystanders and strangers, a display of great care, cooperation, and skill for traffic to flow smoothly again.
I reflected on the principles of interconnection at work that allow our world to function—and how the disconnects can come when we are not aligned with that underlying connection.
What connects us ranges from an inner secure mode where we can act with more clarity and compassion, to harmony in relationships, including the natural world, to bringing together people across divides.
In our Omega workshop The Chemistry of Connection, the fourth season of this collaboration, we will explore these connections in several dimensions.
Tara Bennett-Goleman brings traditional awareness practices and perspectives from Eastern and Western psychologies to repattern modes that separate into patterns that connect.
Daniel Goleman tours us through the inner terrain, looking at the brain’s circuitry for social connection and how that can lead to rapport, chemistry, and closeness.
RJ Sadowski, based on his work in “horsemindship,” and with his horses Red Cloud and Star, will demonstrate “joining up,” in a human-equine connection based on respect and communication rather than force and control.
And Aaron Wolf offers lessons from his work around the world bringing together groups ordinarily at odds but who need to cooperate in managing shared bodies of water to find an underlying shared connection.
A common thread weaves these different strands together in this chemistry of connection.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Tara Bennett-Goleman, MA, is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author of the New York Times
Daniel Goleman, PhD, brought the concept of emotional intelligence to a global audience and ...
RJ “Bob” Sadowski Jr. is a professional horseman who draws on his method of HorseMindShi ...
Aaron Wolf is a water resource scientist at Oregon State University and a trained mediator who di ...
Red Cloud is a highly sought after confidence builder and emotional rehabilitation expert for hum ...
Star is a great teacher of horses and humans. In the world of horse development, Star is at the l ...
Tuition & Fees
Chemistry of Connection
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