Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

Human Connection: The Power of Vulnerability


On behalf of the Thanksgiving holiday (for those that celebrate) many health experts are featuring topics about the power of gratitude or providing tips on how to avoid a food coma. Mandala Reflections already focused on gratitude in the Mary Oliver and Maya Angelou post but wanted to provide some more food for thought this week. Unfortunately, Mandala Reflections will not be posting about what foods to avoid this holiday. So you got lucky! Enjoy your meal(s).

What Mandala Reflections will do is challenge you to not avoid something this holiday, and that something would be your feelings and your vulnerabilities. Now before you shut down and disregard this post, because many of us have the tendency to cringe when we have to talk about our feelings,  please do take 20 minutes to watch and enjoy this humorous, smart and thought-provoking TEDtalk video that may change the way you think about your feelings and the way you think about yourself and the world.

The ability to connect with ourselves and others is definitely something we think about during the holidays, and this human connection does truly affect our health and our lives. While you sit on the couch or bar stool this holiday, reflecting or not reflecting, with or without family and friends, this video offers a legitimate challenge for us all, and that message you will just have to wait and find out by watching the video for yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving!