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Are you living a retirement that feels really good?  Wisen-Up Publishing is looking for your paragraphs that say just that for our upcoming book, Reaching Retirement Rapture.  Send us fifty words, or less, on how good your retirement is.  We would like to sprinkle twenty happy retirement paragraphs throughout our book to inspire others to reach their retirement dreams.  


Your paragraph can immortalize you in print and have your name, or initial(s), and/or location as you like, but we would like to include the country you are enjoying your retirement in.  So use your best descriptive words of how good your retirement feels, did it meet your expectations or go beyond, and what you are able to enjoy because of your efforts. Send your up to fifty word paragraphs to: [email protected].  Here’s an example to inspire you:


Everyday I enjoy a pleasurable retirement that surpasses my dreams.  As a suffering widow I searched for healing, belonging, and love in Thailand and Bali, but finally found them in Mexico.  Persistence gifted me a purposeful creative life in a lovely lakefront house I gratefully share with my life partner. 

 ~ AB, Mexico  (50 words)


~ How are you managing your thoughts, emotions, and  experience of life?
~ Are you making progress to your Destiny or riding the currents of fate?
~ Did you know that you can learn how to transform Self Limiting Issues
   and work with the way you innately are to feel better and do better?


Your conscious mind is dwarfed by the 95% of your mind that is run by your subconscious mind's autopilot.  If you don't know how or why your subconscious mind sabotages you through your thoughs, emotions, feelings, behaviors, and reactions, you are not alone

You can transform the issues that keep you from having the experience of life 
you long for by learning skills that help you to be wise, imaginative, and resilient. Learning EXPERIENCE OF LIFE MANAGEMENT SKILLS can get you out of being stuck in a rut, move you down the Destiny Path of your choice, and turn your lacking life into a satisfying life.

 Self improvement is good, self development is better, self evolvement is best.

 

Emotional Connection Part 1 of 3 - Self Evolvement Series

By Anna Elena Berlin

Experience of Life Researcher, CPC


We are energetically connected in ways that cause all of our hearts to beat at the same time in just twenty seconds of gathering together, and why one person laughing or crying causes others to as well.  The research literature shows that the essential impulse of all life is the will to connect.  According to Lynn Taggart's book The Bond, deep connection is the quality most essential to human nature, we were never meant to live a life of isolation and self-serving survival.  The important point here is that people experience the greatest stress and the most serious illnesses as a result of being isolated from others.


An enormous body of research reveals that the root cause of stress, and ultimately illness, is being isolated.  Our modern devotion to competition has created a habitual inclination to pit ourselves against each other, which is most toxic to our species.  This being against each other is the poster child of emotional alienation.  Lifestyle risk has less to do with someone having a heart attack than does alienation and isolation from others, from our own feelings, and from connecting to a higher power.  Heart disease can actually be viewed as a disease of emotional disconnection.


Brigham Young University pooled and analyzed data from 148 studies that averaged seven years each and concluded that relationships of any kind, good or bad, improve people’s odds of survival by 50%.  They found that isolation was the equivalent of smoking fifteen cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic, and it’s twice as harmful as obesity. Their findings show that strong individuation and preoccupation with self is extremely bad for our health.


So why are so many emotionally disconnected when having good connection is so vital to the health and well-being of people?  According to the insightful book Fear of Intimacy, by Robert Firestone PhD and Joyce Catlett, being close to another in a loving relationship makes one aware that life is precious, but must eventually be surrendered.  If we embrace life, we must also face death’s inevitability.  Some are negatively predisposed toward those who tempt them to lower their defenses and inadvertently expose them to potential pain, loss, or rejection again by seeking to emotionally connect, even though it is essential in order to flourish.


According to findings from Dr. Firestone's more than 20 year research project involving couples and families, people are afraid to realize their dreams.  They have an intolerance of affection that is especially notable in close relationships.  Intimate relationships between couples and families were the most resistant to further development, which can easily be associated with their finding that people tended to maintain negative attitudes about themselves.  What appears to be beside the point of emotional connection, our own negative views of ourselves, is actually the source of emotional disconnection.  The research literature has led me to believe that people reflect how

they feel about themselves onto others.  This is huge if the emotional connection you need is to have a life partner.  It is essential to understand that it’s difficult to get someone great in your life if you don’t feel great about yourself.


Talk about the most important emotional connection of all… the connection we have with ourselves and our elusive emotions has got to be it.  The way we feel about ourselves, more than any other element of living, determines how we experience our lives.  The key to our experience of life is held within our own self views.  If you find connecting with people challenging, learning how to feel good about connecting with yourself is the most beneficial place to start, and is more than worthwhile.  The next best place to to focus your attention on is learning how to come to terms with the temporary nature of our physical lives.


The research shows that we choose between fully investing in life in spite of its temporal nature, or we are accommodating to death and defend against death anxiety by limiting our gratifications and denying our zest for life.  In other words you can go against your innate human need to connect attempting to avoid the pain of loss, or you can understand that loss can’t be avoided because dying is inevitable and spare yourself the negative emotions associated to it.


Learning this is invaluable because we are predominately feeling beings by nature and negative emotions have a damaging affect on all our vital aspects.  Most negative emotions and feelings are attributable to fear.  Our emotional aspect affects how we experience our lives more than any of our other human aspects.  It is essential to understand that emotional connection is the main determiner of whether our lives feels good or bad and to improve your life by improving your emotional connections, starting with the connection you have with yourself.