2 years before I had any idea what business I wanted to start, I printed business cards with the words: very individual… very connected under my name. It sounded a bit pretentious (I didn’t even know what it meant) but I figured that one day it’d make sense.
4 years later, I hear Emily Fletcher talking about the meaning of the sanskrit word ‘yoga’…
Yoga means union […] We’re unioning individuality with totality…
‘Unioning’… I love it when someone turns a noun into a verb! Maybe that’s what the words on those old business cards meant: the union between Individual… the desire to feel unique (and a bit mysterious) and Connected… the desire to be known and accepted.
And maybe that’s why the phrase had felt pretentious… because appreciating everything that makes you different at the same time as opening yourself up to feeling accepted, being individual at the same time as feeling connected, isn’t a formula that you can put on a business card.
There’s no formula for ‘being yourself’ and feeling valued by other people. Both of those things are whatever you do every day to “believe that you’re enough”…
Your level of belonging […] can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.Brené Brown
So I think the words on those old cards really meant that when you feel worthy of deeply connecting to yourself and to other people, it’s called belonging.
It’s also called love.
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