Tiny Wisdom: Authentic Connections in a Networked World

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” -Herman Melville

We spend so much time trying to improve ourselves and our lives. Is it possible that maybe we could accomplish those things more effectively if we focused on improving the quality of our relationships?

This is the question I posed when I spoke at the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival this past summer.

I just received the link to my presentation, Authentic Connections in a Networked World, and I’m excited to share it with you! It’s roughly 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes of Q&A. (Email subscribers, click through to view the video!)

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Danny

    Lori,that was truly amazing! Ive been a ghost reader for a long time,i love the way you speak and show yourself to the world!

  • Srini

    There is lot of wisdom here alright, but I’ve always felt that behind all that there is connection, real connection, and that’s what makes tinybuddha beautiful. Thanks Lori, for being the person you are!

  • Great job, Lori!  I really enjoyed this and couldn’t agree with you more! =*)

  • Angie

    Thank you so much. You spoke so much of what has been in my head lately. I truly needed to hear this.

  • Chris Alexander

    Thanks so much for posting this. Your story is wonderful. I feel like Im on a similar path caught about 2/3rds the way through. Really enjoyed your talk. Keep up the great work Lori you are truly an inspiration.

  • Beautiful and profound! Thanks, Lori!  I LOVED the distinction, “Why do we disconnect? Because we believe we should.”  Very powerful stuff.  Cheers!

  • Thank you! 

  • Thanks so much Danny! It’s a pleasure to e-meet you. =)

  • You’re most welcome!

  • Thanks Travis! I appreciate that. =)

  • Thanks Chris! Speaking is new to me, and I always get a little nervous, both to speak and then to share the video. I’m so glad you found it inspiring!

  • I’m so glad this helped Angie!

  • Thanks Tanya! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Wow thanks Srini. What a wonderfully kind thing to write! =)

  • Hannah

    I relate to you a lot – especially the bit about hiding in NY. I’ve been
    there too and just recently broke out of that same feeling. Thank you so
    much for sharing. Exactly what I needed to hear at this time 🙂 You’re
    very inspiring. Thank you so much.

  • Tracy

    I’ve never commented before but watching this video inspired me to make the connection and do so. I stumbled across your site a little over a year ago and it has helped me a lot through a rough time. Even when I am having a bad day, I know that there will at least be one bright spot because I will get my daily Tiny Buddha email. So I want to say thanks for all you do and for being you.

  • You’re most welcome. It always helps to know that other people can relate. I’m glad this came at a good time for you. =)

  • It’s nice to e-meet you! Thanks so much for saying hello. I’m so glad to know the site has been helpful to you. =)

  • Lu!

    “The only way to connect with people is to be willing to remove the distance” so simple and so true! 
    And you seem such a nice person 😀

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Lu. =)