Connection Catalyst: Tara Sophia Mohr
I’m so thrilled that Tara Mohr agreed to answer my Connection Catalyst questions. She’s one of the most fierce advocates for women I know and I love, love, love her for it. If you haven’t read her 10 Rules For Brilliant Women, I strongly urge you to do it immediately. If not sooner.
1. What does connection mean to you?
I sat and sat and thought about this question – it is such a good, tough one.
I can’t define connection, but I can think of some of my experiences of connection. I think about sitting on the couch with an old friend who I know gets me and who I get, and the laughter and endless conversation we can share. I think about my relationship with my husband – and those times when I say something that feels so vulnerable to say — a thing that some part of me thinks will be met with judgment or anger, and he meets it with total compassionate love, and a big hug.
I connect with myself through dance, writing, reading spiritual literature. I connect with that great, gorgeous, divine everything that is larger than me through dance, writing, and reading spiritual literature. How interesting that what most connects me to myself is also what most connects me to that which is larger, wiser, more magnificent than me.
When that foundation is not there, I find it nearly impossible to connect to others, even those I most adore. I have learned that my own work to be connected to myself is the foundation for relating to others. Otherwise there is no conscious person there for them to connect with!
I think that it makes me feel seen and heard. In the mirrors of relationship I learn who I am. I find a feeling of being known, seen, accepted, embraced. That, and how simply fun and pleasurable it is to fall in love with people – to adore them!
When I was first dreaming up my website, I thought: “I want this to be a place on the internet where people come and immediately exhale. A place that makes them breathe deeper, and reconnect to themselves.” It has become that.
I want everything I write and the groups I facilitate to be a catalyst for people connecting with themselves. I also think of my poems this way – their role is to help people click back into that wise and peaceful place within. A good poem is a magic carpet ride to right there. I believe that so much of our own suffering, and of the world’s problems stem from us not knowing how to reconnect with ourselves when we’ve gotten disconnected.
About Tara -
Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. Her work helps women play bigger in their work and in their lives.
With an MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale, Tara takes a unique approach that blends inner work with practical skills training, and weaves together both intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom.
Tara has a deep commitment to amplifying women’s voices. She is the creator of the global Playing Big leadership program for women and the co-creator of two anthologies of contemporary women’s writings, The Women’s Seder Sourcebook and The Women’s Passover Companion.
Her “10 Rules for Brilliant Women” have struck a chord with tens of thousands of women around the world. In 2010, Tara was honored as a Girl Champion by the Girl Effect organization, which supports girls’ education in the developing world.
Tara is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been featured on The Today Show, BigThink.com, Whole Living, CNN.com, USA Today, the International Business Times, Ode Magazine, Forbes, Beliefnet, and numerous other media outlets. She is also a poet, and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living. Visit www.taramohr.com to learn more.
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