Catherine FenskeJOY TO YOU!Grand Junction Free Press Life Coach Columnist

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March 15, 2012
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FENSKE: You are never alone in this world

Albert Einstein commented that "the illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness." In 1854, when Chief Seattle gave up his tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest, he asked only that we take care of the land and honor the sacredness of all of life because "all things are interconnected...we did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves."This theme of interconnectedness and "we are all related" was very present in my mind and heart as I was walking the other day. It was one of those inviting spring-like days full of sunshine and blue Colorado sky with a lot of people out walking, running or biking. I was lost in the magnificence of the abundance all around me and filled with aliveness and anticipation for more days like this one as spring rapidly approaches.As I passed each person on my path that was also out embracing this beautiful day, I greeted each one with a smile and a "hello." It saddened me that a few people were closed off to a simple greeting. For me, a friendly greeting serves as an opening to a heart-to-heart exchange, no matter how brief, and helps me remember that we are all connected. The cold realization on this warm day that some people feel so separate, disconnected and alone that they are fearful of a simple exchange of "hello" brought compassion to my heart.I read once that one of the first steps to spiritual awakening is knowing that we are not separate, that all things are interconnected. This means that everything we do, think or say affects the whole. How do you see yourself in the world? Do you feel alone, disconnected and isolated? Or do you understand that you are an intricate part of it all?In order for us as individuals to heal and then take that healing out into the world we must understand that we are never alone. Deep within each of us is a place of knowing that we are part of and encompass the entire universe. When we can change our innermost state of mind, our whole being transforms, and this affects the world in which we live. This is the teaching of "the oneness of life."If you are feeling alone in this world, I highly encourage you to sit with yourself. Go to a favorite spot in nature (nature has an extraordinary way of helping us feel connected) or if you have a sacred space in your home, go there. Daily sit with yourself quietly until you feel, really feel that place that is warm and welcoming deep within. When you find this place, with practice you will gradually begin to understand and know your connection to all that is. You will never feel alone again because you can go to this place at any given time.Now you can go out and greet the world with a smile and a "hello" and have a heart-to-heart exchange with others. Each time you do it is a healing for you and a healing for your brother or sister. Go out and live life and give love to all you encounter.There is a Lakota saying, "Mitakuye Oyasin" which means, "We are all related." Even though I probably don't pronounce it correctly, in my mind I repeat it each time I see another person. So to you I say, "Mitakuye Oyasin!" Have a glorious week and remember, you are never, ever alone!-------------------Catherine Fenske Ph.D. (c) is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and Spiritual Counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. Catherine can be reached at 970-985-4499 or email at Please go to her website at or you can visit her blog at to learn more about her.

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