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There was a time when families grew up in the same neighborhoods and never left them. Extended family was always around. Today, communities have taken on new meanings and are found in different places than the old neighborhood, church, or local diner. We are more connected through the Internet and social media than ever before, and we are living farther away from our families and friends.

We are all connected in a deeper way. It is our hearts that hold each other.

I was overjoyed when I found out that both of my daughters will be living in the same city only a 15 minute drive from each other. Being physically close offers a level of support and connection that our online communities just can’t replace. While digital communities can be amazingly supportive and nurturing, sometimes nothing beats a good hug. Yet, at the same time, I also think this shift in communities has also caused us to be connected in a deeper way. It is our hearts that hold us together — our spiritual heart doesn’t know time or space, only love.

Each day after my meditation practice, I hold my friends and family close to my heart. I feel the fullness of the love I have for them and it makes me remember that we are of one heart.

Do you live close to family and loved ones? How do you maintain intimacy with those who are not physically close to you?

Contributed by

Susi Amendola
Stress Management Specialist

What have you done to remind yourself of the things that have meaning for you?

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