Why must we be hard-wired for connection
But struggle so much to find it?
Why do we push each other away
And build walls studded with heartache
Or create artificial rules
That restrict our capacity to freely stretch out our arms?
All it does is erode trust
In ourselves and others
And makes us second-guess authenticity.
All it does is leave us in a prison of our minds
Rattling the bars with an empty cup
That we haven’t learned to fill ourselves.
They say you must love yourself before you can love another.
But there is no love without ‘other’
Because ‘other’ is just a reflection of ourselves.
So yes, love. Love yourself. Love others.
Please don’t hold back anymore.
The world is shrinking for lack of expressed love
Despite the fact that it swells achingly beneath our feet
Infinite quantities waiting to burst forth and bathe us in its warmth.
We are hard-wired for connection
Perhaps we must shed our shoes to feel the ground beneath us
And open our hearts to the lava flow of feeling
We so desperately fear and crave.
Maybe then the bars and boundaries will melt
And the space thus created
Will be enough for connection to finally take root.