“Connection happens when one heart touches another,” I heard in a beautiful guided meditation one morning this week.

A memory of the million moments in which I had experienced this flooded my mind. I paused my meditation and focused my thoughts on one particular memory. 

A woman had come to me after a concert, held my hands, and said to me, through tears: “You touched my heart deeply. I don’t feel so alone anymore.”

At that moment, I felt incredibly close to her. We went our separate ways and would never see each other again. 

After my reflection, I picked up my phone and checked my social media. Brene Brown’s post was the first thing I saw: “Connection comes in many different forms. We can even find meaning in being weary together.” 

She invited everyone to describe how they are feeling that day in two words.

‘Overwhelmed and focused’ were hers. I scrolled through the comments. There were hundreds of responses: Thankful and nervous. Inadequate and fatigued. Lonely and sad. Overwhelmed and tired. Tired and curious…. 

How beautiful and comforting it is to see strangers from all around the world, sharing with each other and connecting on such a deep, vulnerable level! 

When we do connect, something amazing happens: we don’t feel so alone in our weariness, our darkness, our exhaustion. 

And when we aren’t alone, we feel less afraid, and a lot more hopeful. We feel less divided and a lot more aware of how we are connected to each other – and to the Source of Love and Life that connects us all. 

Speaking of all of us being connected, have you thought of how with COVID-19, it’s impossible to know which of us will pass it onto someone else, who will be asymptomatic, and who’ll have serious complications (and even die)?

This past week, I had several friends lose a loved one to COVID-19.

And as I was writing this newsletter, I heard a fire truck pull up to my house. My neighbor, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, was taken to the ER. She is my age… 

Right now, each of us can make a difference, no matter where we are – we can open our heart and touch someone else’s, we can think about the Gift of Connectedness and what it means for each and every one of us – as individuals, and as one human family.

Now, to turn our focus on hope, gratitude, and the simple joys in life… like Christmas songs 🙂 

Music:

I recorded one of my favorite Christmas carols “The Christmas Song” with an intention to connect with you and send a bit of love, comfort, and cheer. 🙂  

And, to keep things light, here is a fun story behind this song:

Mel Torme and Bob Wells were songwriting partners, and used to take turns going over to each others’ homes to write songs.

One particularly hot July day, Mel drove over to Bob’s house in Teluca Lake, California.

 

 

When he got there he walked into the house, couldn’t find Bob, but found a spiral notepad of paper with some words on it: 

 

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide Carols being sung by a choir, folks dressed up like Eskimos.”

 

When Mel found Bob, he asked him, “What’s this?” and Bob said, “It’s so blistering hot here, and thought it would be fun to see if I could write something about a totally different season, the winter season, Christmas season, and see if I could mentally, virtually cool off.”

 

 

Mel said, “Not only have you also cooled me off, but I think you’ve got a song here!” And the duo wrote the rest of the song in about 35 minutes.

 

 

(Source: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/nat-king-cole/the-christmas-song)

Now I’ve got a few gift suggestions for you! 🙂 

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Next weekend, I’m helping Nashville Peacemakers raise funds for Mothers Over Murder – a program that provides emotional and mental support for moms who lost their children to gun violence.

If you know anyone who lives in Nashville, please send them to the Bognar&Piccolini shop to get a few gifts.

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to Nashville Peacemakers here.

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Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron is an award-winning music artist, published author, inspirational speaker, and certified transformational and spiritual life coach.

She has many passions and is dedicated to helping others while also creating an enriched life for herself and her three sons. 

When Tajci is not on the road performing gigs, she volunteers with local organizations dear to her heart, spends time with loved ones (often involving music!), and collaborates with other artists to bring creative projects to life.

Tajci’s most recent projects include a meditation CD, an annual retreat & sea cruise in Croatia (that she organizes and hosts), and a multimedia CD/book (Un)Broken: Songs My Father Taught Me.

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