What we're about

We have a wide network of online gatherings, please see our website for further events:

https://lowentropy.org/conscious-connections/

We started Conscious Connections in July, 2015, since then we have grown to become a warm, friendly community of kind-hearted people who welcome all and everyone to join us for some "Real Talk."

Every meeting starts with introductions, then we move into a round table discussion related to the "topic of choice" (different topic every week), followed by a hands on exercise to integrate the ideas from the night and we wrap up our meetup with a closing circle.

The purpose of our meeting is to come together and collectively hold compassionate, loving space for each other. We do our best to suspend judgement and we recognize, if judgement does come up, it's simply a reflection of ourselves, if I'm having a judgement, it says more about me, then it does about the person I may be judging. This awareness helps me let go of judgement and replace it with compassion and acceptance for everyone in the room.

The intention of Conscious Connections is to create a safe and supportive environment, this encourages everyone to show up and be real. We do our best to check our ego's at the door and we show up in complete authenticity. We support each other by finding the similarity in everyone's words, this is not a place for debate or criticism... this is a place for love and acceptance. The safe space we create gives everyone an opportunity to be seen, heard and understood for who they truly are.

We hold compassionate space for one another by focusing on the positive qualities of everyone. When we listen to the each other, we look for the best in each person, we see that person in a loving space of kindness, support and acceptance for who they are. When we see others in this positive light, it helps them to recognize their own beauty and uniqueness.

We accept each other, flaws and all... we realize no one is perfect, and we get that we're all here on this planet, trying to do the best we can. We can be so hard on each other and we can be really hard on ourselves. Conscious Connections provides the space for us to start being gentle with one another... including ourselves. It's an interesting phenomena; when you're immersed in a loving space with people who only see the best in you, it allows you to start seeing the best in yourself.

We choose to lift each other up, rather than tear each other down. By encouraging, supporting and focusing on the positive attributes of everyone in the room, we always walk away with new insights, connections and lots of Love.

Hope you'll join us!

"Imagine what seven billion humans could accomplish if we all Loved and Respected each other... Imagine"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAtJlpIuiLI

Upcoming events (4+)

Creativity

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At Conscious Connections, we create a safe space for honest self discovery and meaningful connections.

This week our topic is: Creativity

Our creative spirit is something that we often forget to nurture due to our busy lives. Let us take some time during this session to pay attention to our creative nature and ways we can pay more attention to this part of us in our daily life.

Some questions we will discuss in this session are: How does your creative spirit present itself? Are there parts of your creativity that you feel has been lost throughout the years? How can we begin to integrate those parts of ourselves back into our life?

In this online session, we will create safe sharing spaces to explore and deepen our understanding of ourselves and build relationships with others. This is an open, inclusive and confidential space where our differences bring us together.

Through emotional intelligence, mindfulness, building trust and undivided attention, this space will allow for participants to explore within and authenticity to flourish.

In this session:
We will listen actively, resist the urge to interrupt, judge and give advice.
We will be honest with ourselves and open to new perspectives.
We will be kind to ourselves and be mindful of the space that we take up.
We will be respectful and understanding of ourselves and others.
We will commit to the confidential and inclusive nature of this environment.

With much Love and appreciation!
Amy & Sue & The Conscious Connections Team
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ZOOM DETAILS: the Zoom link for this online event will be displayed once you click "Attend online" on the bottom of the page. You will need the passcode 75895 to join the meeting room.

Compassion: Replacing Hate

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As the ever wise - and comically over-quoted - Chinese philosopher Confucius said: "It is easy to hate, and very hard to love".

Social division, war, and a growing global distrust in one another has unfortunately been the most common headline over these past few years. The world is in need of a major social revolution: a revolution of compassion and communication over hate.

In this session we will be sharing our thoughts and experiences with the notions of hatred and compassion. How do you practice compassion with others when it feels like they aren't even deserving of your time, let alone your understanding and support?

Let's leave the hate for the haters, and get cozy with compassion!

In this online session, we will create safe sharing spaces to explore and deepen our understanding of ourselves and build relationships with others. This is an open, inclusive, and confidential space where our differences bring us together.

Through emotional intelligence, mindfulness, building trust, and undivided attention, this space will allow for participants to explore within and authenticity to flourish.

In this session:
We will listen actively, resist the urge to interrupt, judge, and give advice.
We will be honest with ourselves and open to new perspectives.
We will be kind to ourselves and be mindful of the space that we take up.
We will be respectful and understanding of ourselves and others.
We will commit to the confidential and inclusive nature of this environment.

With love and respect,
Justin & The Conscious Connections Team

In Hope I Will Find You

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At Conscious Connections, we create a safe space for honest self discovery and meaningful connections.

Those moments that you imagine being with your beloved are the moments of hope. Hope is a positive vibration towards the future. How can we achieve those splendid moments, the desire that could come true if we can reunite with our beloved? The lover looks into the sky and dreams of two neuron stars running around in the galaxy like the two lovers who are holding hands, dancing together as the stars shine. Hope is like the sun that gives life to us, it is the beauty of that life that we celebrate. The lover takes his breaths with hope, the beloved smiles to her lover with all the attraction of hope. It is hope that revives love, it is hope that resonates with the lovers. It is hope that makes the lovers root for their future, a future filled with joy, happiness and love. Hope is like a river that flows into the ocean, on its way it makes the plains green, a thirsty passenger can drink from it and move on with her/his journey. What if that passenger is the lover seeking his beloved? That river of hope gives him the motivation to be alive, to enjoy every moment that exists, to deeply sense the elegance of love. Hope is what gives love a meaning. Love without hope is like a house with no ceilings. Love with hope is like an ocean that never ends. Lover keeps seeking his beloved by having hope. Time goes by but it is that hope that makes him move forward. It might take time to find his soulmate, his desire to live might erode as he sees the unlimited horizons, he has to reach to, but it is that hope that inspires him to never give up. With hope, lovers meet and greet, they embrace the charm of the universe. A purpose to be and to be loved, hope is that purpose, that goal that is beyond desire, that dream that is beyond wish. It is the fulfilment of one’s aspiration. It is the reality of life with love. Hope is the never-ending friendship with love. Poets have talked a lot about hope and its role in reuniting the lovers, for example, Hafez, the Shirazi poet says:

“If a thousand enemies are intent on my demise
With you as my friend, fear won't arise.
I'm alive with the hope of union with thee
Every moment I fear death, otherwise.
Breath by breath, your scented breeze I must inhale
Moment by moment, from sorrows exhale my cries.
Only dreaming of you, go to sleep my two eyes
Patiently longing for thee, my heart to itself lies.
Don't pull away your rein when you cut me with your sword
My head is my shield, while my hand your saddle-strap ties.
Where can we see your face just as you are, true and pure?
Each based on his own grasp can realize.
Indigent Hafiz is the apple of people's eyes
At your door, prostrated, your vision espies.” [i]

In this session, we will discuss questions like:
What love do you hope to see in your future?
How does hope inspire the lover to keep moving forward to find their beloved?
What love from your present do you hope to keep/maintain?
[i] https://www.sattor.com/english/ghazaliatofhafiz.htm
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In this online session, we will create safe sharing spaces to explore and deepen our understanding of ourselves and build relationships with others. This is an open, inclusive and confidential space where our differences bring us together.

Through emotional intelligence, mindfulness, building trust and undivided attention, this space will allow for participants to explore within and authenticity to flourish.

In this session:
We will listen actively, resist the urge to interrupt, judge and give advice.
We will be honest with ourselves and open to new perspectives.
We will be kind to ourselves and be mindful of the space that we take up.
We will be respectful and understanding of ourselves and others.
We will commit to the confidential and inclusive nature of this environment.

With much Love and appreciation!
Sorella & Iman & The Conscious Connections Team
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ZOOM DETAILS: The Zoom link for this online event will be displayed once you click "Attend online" on the bottom of the page. You will need the passcode 75895 to join the meeting room.

Shame and Acceptance

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Shame and self-disgust can often be emotions that plague the back of one’s mind and drag us down an endless spiral of self-depreciation and hatred. But how do these emotions and thoughts come to be? Why are we so addicted to them, to the point where they can become part of our identity? But the most important of all, how do we conquer them?

These and more are the questions that will be included in this meeting. We are here to explore if these feelings and beliefs are real, and to create a non-judgmental place where we can all share our feelings and thoughts about the topic.

We will open up with an ice-breaker, introducing ourselves, who we are, where we are living and how have we been recently. Then we will go around in circles discussing the ideas and concepts related to the topic, as well as all the questions stated above.

In this online session, we will create safe sharing spaces to explore and deepen our understanding of ourselves and build relationships with others. This is an open, inclusive, and confidential space where our differences bring us together.

Through emotional intelligence, mindfulness, building trust, and undivided attention, this space will allow for participants to explore within and authenticity to flourish.

In this session:
We will listen actively, resist the urge to interrupt, judge, and give advice.
We will be honest with ourselves and open to new perspectives.
We will be kind to ourselves and be mindful of the space that we take up.
We will be respectful and understanding of ourselves and others.
We will commit to the confidential and inclusive nature of this environment.

With much love and appreciation,
Minh & Nelson & The Conscious Connections Team
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ZOOM DETAILS: the Zoom link for this online event will be displayed once you click "Attend online" on the bottom of the page.

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