It is amazing how small the world gets, especially when you travel outside of your normal environment.
Last week, I arrived home from spending two weeks in Hong Kong, and one thing I love about being in different countries is meeting people from so many backgrounds.
We always find a common thread that unites us.
My circle of global friends (and new clients) has now expanded to Hong Kong and it fills my heart.
I was there spending time with and loving on one of my dear girlfriends who is undergoing treatment for stage 4 cancer. As emotional as it is, she is hopeful and remaining positive, as am I.
My friend wanted me to be there for her last two weeks of treatment before returning back to Thailand (where she and I used to be neighbors and she ran a wedding planning business) and then back home to New Zealand to be with her family.
She used to live in Hong Kong and has found out through her illness just how many people love and appreciate her. We had plans to meet up with her innermost circle of friends over the two weeks so she could say goodbye before leaving and update them with her situation.
When you live a soul aligned life, the synchronicities and divine appointments that just happen are absolutely magical.
You meet EXACTLY the right people, at the right time and the right place. Life brings you together. It's purposeful and you feel it.
One afternoon, my girlfriend and I ended up spontaneously at her friends house for dinner. A random group of people ended up spending a very long evening together, laughing, deeply connecting and sharing about what is real and what matters.
I ended up grabbing lunch one day and sat at a table with a sweet young woman who had recently moved from Kuala Lumpur. She ended up sharing with me the story of her sisters death a few years back to cancer. It was a healing conversation for both of us.
During the last week, I reconnected with someone who I met 10 years ago when I was opening an Aman Spa in London. We just happened to be in Hong Kong at the EXACT same time. I felt a connection with her then and still do. I am being guided to mentor her once again as a big sister.
These are just a few of the examples of divine synchronicity that happened during my trip... all the way up to a 10 hour delay on my flight home and spending the majority of that time connecting with another Heather who is totally a part of my tribe.
Throughout these various encounters and also spending time with my friend, one of the things that stood out was just how important it is to be present, I mean really present with those around you.
When you allow yourself to be fully present with and honoring of another human being on their journey, it is an incredible gift.
So here is my suggestion because I know we all need to be reminded occasionally... The next time you're with friends or family stop and check in with yourself every once in a while and reflect...
"Am I really present? Or, am I distracted by my to-do list or the vortex that is my phone?"
If you are, that's okay. Put your phone down, look up, look around you and get present again.
Real, heartfelt, meaningful connection is what we all crave and that happens face-to-face. ❤
Also, take some time to check in with yourself about living a soul-aligned life...
The more you live from your core; grounded, connected, awakened, and aligned with higher spiritual principles, the more magical life becomes.