No matter where we grow up and what goals we have, it isessential to remember that we all share the same roots. Here are some examplesof how collaboration, compassion and consideration for others can help us growindividually.

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 fortogetherness and helps us grow in ways we cannot on our own.

2. Physical Growth
When we are young, our parents and early teachers show ushow to move and control our bodies. The same thing happens as adults – we needteachers and guides to instruct us in yoga, tai chi and other activities. Intime, we may become teachers ourselves!

3. Emotional Growth:
In addition to benefitting those people whom we love, unconditionalsupport of our friends and family enhances our own sense of belonging andpurpose. With each small act of compassion it is really ourselves that we arehelping.

4. Social Growth
“No man is an island” – meaning that there are deep rootswhich under run all backgrounds and traditions, uniting us in our commonexperience of the human condition. Whatever creative, professional or personalgoals we may have, we have to realize that together we can do things that asindividuals we simply cannot.

Of course, there are also many ways to grow in health andhappiness as an individual person – you don’t always have to collaborate! Eventhough we are social creatures, you may find it beneficial to create positivealone time to recharge and refocus on your goals. Like anything in life, a mindfulbalance 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 isprogress, and working together is success.”