Why is connecting to others a challenge at times?

We are wired to connect and live in community. While society continues to grow and change as the result of technology, that basic need of human connection is still present.

With our busy lives, it is often easier to connect via email, text or social media. No computer screen or cell phone can replace this basic need to engage and interact with another person face to face and in realtime.

This TED video titled “Why We’re Bad at Reading People We Just Met,” got us to think about HeartSpace and our mission.

The video states that “[p]eople are bad at reading people they just met.” To us, people simply communicate in the ways they have been socialized or taught. For many, that might have meant, to speak only when you are spoken to, to keep conversations to a (safe) surface level, hide a truth or your truth or maybe even suppress your emotions.

If people suppress their truth or emotions continually, there will be a disconnect with how someone connects and communicates with others.

When we do not give ourselves space to be honest with ourselves and know who we are and what we are feeling, it can be very challenging to understand someone else.

The video suggests that people “bring compassion and an open mind to [their] interactions with others.” We agree with this suggestions and it’s what drives HeartSpace Circle.

We were created to build authentic community. We seek to bridge the gap between disconnection and isolation toward connection and community / team building.

We do this through a practice called Council, which is an age-old cross cultural practice that focuses on intent listening and authentic communication which results in authentic connection, trust, empathy and respect.

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Heartspace Presents – Community Yoga

I am home. During my travels, I could’t help but notice that the theme of Community emerged everywhere I went. Community was created in a Girls Writing Workshop I co-led, which expanded as each presenter came into the space and then the larger public attended the closing celebration and reading.

Next, while on vacation the theme of community emerged again. Learning about the founders of Hershey and Heinz and their concern for the overall wellbeing of their factory workers. Then I saw a Mr. Rogers exhibit and went to Randyland. It’s an Art Museum, that is more of an art installation that is evolving since the artist continues to add on to it. The intention of this particular site is to be happy and allow happiness to emerge. Come together in community and be accepting of everyone.

All of this was poetic as HeartSpace was created to build community in ways that many people long for and need. As we continue to step out in the the community to build safe spaces for people to come together a new idea emerged.

Around 2008-2009, I was interested in yoga and very intimidated by it. I had a lot of uncertainties, I didn’t know what type of yoga class to take, the poses looked intimidating, I was afraid I would hurt myself and I had many questions and assumptions about it.

It wasn’t until 2013, when I pursued a work-life balance, that I started practicing yoga. My first class was a gentle yoga class and it was a great place for me to start. Yoga is one of my passions and asana (physical poses), breath work and meditation (which are all aspects of yoga) changed my life.

As a certified yoga teacher, I feel drawn to create a safe space for people to practice yoga. I am excited to announce Somos Yoga (We Are Yoga) space for everybody and body-type to practice yoga.

If you are curious about yoga, new to yoga or experienced, you are all welcome here.