Our bodies are meant to be accompanied.
When neuroscientists tested how hard it was for people to walk up a steep hill, the study participants rated it difficult when alone, less difficult when with a stranger, and even less difficult when a loved one was with them.
The same hill.
In other words, it’s harder to do stuff when we’re alone.
It’s actually true in our bodies. It takes more effort.
When we’re accompanied, we digest food better, make jokes, play, and have creative ideas about how to respond to climate chaos (among other things).
Where have you been walking alone up that hill?
The thing is, you can be around other people twenty four hours a day and still not feel accompanied. I see this all the time with my clients and students.
To me this is the central tragedy of modern life. We are walking around with superpowers, and we don’t even know it.
All day long we are walking by other people who have superpowers to help us, and we don’t know how to access it.
And all day long, we’re walking by people whose lives could be profoundly improved by our own untapped powers.
How to accompany others and how to ask for the accompaniment we need is at the heart of our live online course, Getting the Support You Need to Change the World.
It starts on Wednesday, and we still have a few spots left. Find out more here.
You’ll learn tools to give and receive accompaniment, and you’ll be join a robust community infrastructure that will support for your work and life right now.