Each of us wants to feel like we belong somewhere and that we have people in our lives that care about us and see us for who we truly are.
This need to connect to other human beings goes all the way back to our cavemen days. The survival and wellbeing of the tribe was dependent upon people looking out for one another and forming strong social bonds.
Even in this day and age, studies show that people who are part of a community are less likely to feel isolated, get depressed or become spiritually disconnected!
Most of you already know this, but for those of you who are new here, I’m originally from New Zealand. I moved to the Bay Area many years ago and while I feel very at home here, a few years ago I really started to feel cut off from my Kiwi roots.
I began to miss big things like the Maori culture, as well as the little things like phases and words that I grew up with. For example I bet you had no idea that a bach is a holiday home, a dairy is a convenience store and jandals are flip flops!
I began to experience a profound longing to re-connect with old friends and to have this energy in my life.
I set the intention that I wanted a much deeper connection to NZ without having to physically live there.
Thanks to Facebook old school friends began to re-emerge and I re-established a relationship with my best friend in high school.
Then along came the America’s Cup that took place in San Francisco.
The final was between Oracle and New Zealand. For me, it wasn’t just about the sailing competition. I had the opportunity to meet and bond with other New Zealanders who now reside here in the Bay Area.
Through our shared support and love of Team New Zealand, I experienced a strong sense of community that will continue long after the sailing is over.
WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR TRIBE
- Set your Intention
- What do you like to do? Rescue animals, Yoga, Spirituality, Cook, Blog…
- Reach out to people.
- Be around others who share the same interests, background or goals
- Be open to moving out of your comfort zone
- Know that you are never alone. Your tribe awaits!
My kiwi friend Monique and I supporting Team NZ