No matter where we grow up and what goals we have, it is essential to remember that we all share the same roots. Here are some examples of how collaboration, compassion and consideration for others can help us grow individually.
1. Spiritual Growth
There’s a good reason why group meditation is so popular – the power of a shared spiritual experience taps into our basic human need for togetherness and helps us grow in ways we cannot on our own.
2. Physical Growth
When we are young, our parents and early teachers show us how to move and control our bodies. The same thing happens as adults – we need teachers and guides to instruct us in yoga, tai chi and other activities. In time, we may become teachers ourselves!
3. Emotional Growth:
In addition to benefitting those people whom we love, unconditional support of our friends and family enhances our own sense of belonging and purpose. With each small act of compassion it is really ourselves that we are helping.
4. Social Growth
“No man is an island” – meaning that there are deep roots which under run all backgrounds and traditions, uniting us in our common experience of the human condition. Whatever creative, professional or personal goals we may have, we have to realize that together we can do things that as individuals we simply cannot.
Of course, there are also many ways to grow in health and happiness as an individual person – you don’t always have to collaborate! Even though we are social creatures, you may find it beneficial to create positive alone time to recharge and refocus on your goals. Like anything in life, a mindful balance between these extremes will help you the most.
We leave you with a final thought by Henry Ford
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”