PRACTICE 1: CONNECTION
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Welcome to North Star Survival's new Instagram TV Series, "From Survival to Revival". When we first founded the company North Star Survival, one of the intentions that we had in mind was to be able to disrupt the word 'survival'. As we know with culture, the language that we use is the way through which we communicate and express our thoughts and emotions. So it was super important that we honed in on the word survival and disrupted the very meaning. When you think of the word survival, I would bet that you most likely think of doomsdayer’s or prepper’s, and that you think more tactical and rugged, which it can be. It falls within that category. However, there's an issue we saw with that. There was an entire market that was being neglected that really was in need of preparation, guidance and support. Essentially, there was a different form of survival that was actually needed. And that's what I will call modern day survival. It's one thing to be prepared physically for when a disaster strikes. But what about mental and emotional coping when a disaster strikes? And within disaster, we can use the term tragedy as well as adversity. When something shocks our system, really where the deep issues present themselves is on an emotional and a mental level.
DO THE DEEP WORK...
If we have not done the deep work and prepared and trained our minds, our nervous systems and our emotions to be able to override that natural programming and to be able to respond rather than react, then that's how we create a society in chaos. That's why we begin to see problems when an actual disaster does strike. That's the whole purpose of this new series we have created. To help give guidance to people who might be in a state of survival, which I guarantee is so many people watching this. If we were able to have full transparency and see everyone in the world that is struggling right now on some level, I think we would be shocked at the numbers. We are all, at some point in our life, hit with something that puts us into a state of survival. And often times it's very difficult to transition out of that to a state of thriving, into a state of happiness and coping to where we can then help others along the way. Hopefully, that is the value that we can provide in this new series. So let's get right into the practices that will help you to develop your emotional and mental capabilities. The first practice is Connection. There's a reason why this is number one and why it is at the root of all of these practices.
There is a guy by the name of Johann Hari, and he is a master on the study of addictions, and his results are very interesting. What he has found out is that the opposite of addiction is actually connection. The reason being is because hundreds of years ago, another word we substituted for addiction was bonding. When something or someone became addicted to a substance or some thing, they were bonding to that substance. The reason why they were bonding is because they were trying to get something reciprocated. They were trying to get an exchange of energy, and hopefully in bonding to that substance, it acted like a medication. It would keep them alive. It would keep that energy in their life flowing. That is why people have addictions these days. Addiction is actually a form of self-medication. A lot of times, the thing to which people are addicted is not actually the problem, but for them it is the solution. So he's found that the opposite of addiction is connection. If we were able to form deeper connections as a society, we would see the vast majority of our ailments completely disperse. Now, easier said than done, right? What's intriguing about this is that if you look into the world, we're in the age of information. We're in the age of technology. We've never been so connected as a society, and yet we've never felt so disconnected.
The story of the Redwood Trees...
There's a reason for that. We know so much about everybody on a superficial level, but on a tactile deep level, we really haven't been vulnerable to really create that open connection to get to know people. Connection is super important. Now, there's a story that goes with it that I find super fascinating. This takes place many years ago within the Redwood Forest, which I'm sure you're familiar with. These Redwood Trees are located in Northern California and they're massive. Huge. You can take forty five people hand-in-hand and spread all the way around the entire trunk. That's how big they are. In fact, they were so big and they withstood the test of time through all these natural disasters that they began to develop almost a mystery and sacredness about them with the Indian Tribes who lived in that area. As time moved on, and as we began to excavate into the soil, and we began to learn more about these great organisms, we began to find out something super interesting. Instead of growing super deep into the ground, the roots of the redwood trees would grow and spread outwards. And as they went wide, they began to form this connection with the other Redwood trees and the roots would intertwine and connect with one another, forming this massive ecosystem of hundreds and thousands of Redwood trees that at the roots, were all intertwined and connected securely to one another.
So when the disasters would come from the coast, when the fires would blaze through Northern California, when the horrible earthquakes would strike, they would stay standing because at a root level, they were connected and bonded to one another. That's the importance of connection and how when disaster strikes, whether that be tragedy, adversity or a natural disaster, when we have formed connection within a community, we can stand through that chaos time and time again. That was one of our intentions in establishing North Star Survival was to create a community, a community of like minded individuals with similar beliefs and values that when times got difficult, we could stand together at the roots and really be that strong calm within the storm; to be that guidance system, that North Star.
Another important factor of connection that's super vital is contribution. Contribution is very important because at a very human basic need, if you are familiar with the Maslow's hierarchy of needs, we are wired for contribution, to give, to serve. It makes us feel like we are valued and we are worth something. Why? It's simple. The psychology behind it is that you can't give anything that you don't already have. So when you contribute and you give, it reinforces the idea that, "Oh, I have something to give. Therefore, if I have something, I do not have that feeling of scarcity and lack. I am in a state of abundance." When we contribute, it proves to our mind that we have certain gifts and unique skills and strengths that we can package up and give away to the world in the form of service. And that contribution creates a positive feedback loop that helps us to be more confident, have more self-worth and be more connected. When we're more confident, we then step more out into the world, because when we're confident in ourselves, when we're comfortable, when we step more out into the world, when we raise our voice and when we truly give back and we're more vulnerable, then more people are able to come towards us. We're able to form that tribe, grow that community bigger and bigger, and it will then ripple outwards. That's why contribution is so important. And that's why connection is the number one practice for developing mental and emotional stability.
As we're able to create connection on a collective level as well as on an individual level within ourselves, we're able to be emotionally and mentally programmed in a healthy state of being. If we have done that training and preparation, when something horrible does happen or a disaster catches us off guard, we're able to respond accordingly. So that's practice number one of our new series, From Survival to Revival. Join us next time where we dive deeper into practice number two!
Until next time, take care and STAY ready!