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By Tara-jenelle Walsch

There are certain times of the year when humanity is collectively caring, considerate, compassionate, tolerant, and patient. When people smile readily for no reason and the general air is one of contentment. When we drop our walls and feel an unexplainable sense of connectedness to one another, worldwide, no matter our differences in age, sex, race or religion. We are effortlessly less irritable, more forgiving and identify with others from a place inside that doesn’t use words; our hearts.

Mostly we witness this happening over the holidays or during a world crisis of some sort. It can feel quite magical when we all miraculously come together like this with no questions asked.

Then something interesting happens. The holidays roll by or the crisis gets remedied and we turn inward again. Our walls go back up and the gears are switched to “business as usual.” Slowly, but surely, we find ourselves slipping into impatience, intolerance and occasionally internal judgment towards others, when just weeks ago we felt an inexplainable connection with seemingly everyone…even strangers.

So here we are again, just a step out of holiday bliss and standing at the beginning of new year. Our hearts have been opened wide and now we’re at a crossroads: Do we continue to live in collective unity and act with love and tolerance or unconsciously slip out of presence and back into auto-pilot mode?

If it’s true that humanity as a whole, if given one wish, would choose world peace, then I believe that the first path, living in collective unity, not only feeds world peace but also makes for an enriching and meaningful life experience.

So what’s holding us back from making the magic last longer than the blink of a holiday or coming together in a crisis?

Possibly because few of us are mindful that we even stop connecting in this way to begin with. And even if we’re mindful of wanting to stay in unity mode, most of us don’t know how to naturally get that feeling back.

The good news is that unity is not a feeling that we need to “get back,” because it is already the source of who we are. We are innately one with each other, on a soul level. When we remember this, it can immediately put us at ease knowing that we don’t have to change our core being or even try to find that place inside of us again. Instead we can focus on honoring and celebrating our unity with all by resisting the haunting illusion that we are separate from one another.

Demonstrating this through our interaction with others is one of the highest forms of loyalty to our soul and the soul of the world. Everything that we do, matters. The energy we carry and project affects the world in a million imperceptible ways. All of our individual energies can connect and elevate humanity when we collectively share them in this way.

So go ahead and keep the holiday magic going all year long. Keep smiling, keep shining and sharing your heart with others, and watch as it has a domino effect and awakens a sense of unity among us all.

Roadmap to Extending the Spirit of Unity throughout the Year:

1- Notice the difference in how you interact with others during a holiday, special event or world crisis versus on any typical day of the year.

2- Feel into the joy that this level of unity with others brings.

3- Stay mindful of your interaction with others as January moves forward and watch for any changes in your thoughts and behavior now that the holidays are over.

4- If you feel yourself slipping into thoughts of separation, remember that unity is the source of who you are on a soul level, and feel your heart smile in celebration of that.

5- Always know that the energy you carry and the project makes a difference and choose to make it a beautiful one that supports world peace.

Are you in a soul quandary? Feel free to ask Tara-jenelle for courageous insight. Submit your question to https://www.facebook.com/tarajenellewalsch

Tara-jenelle Walsch is a monthly columnist for the Eden Magazine. She is the author of the book, Soul Courage, and the founder and spirit behind the Soulebrate greeting card company. You will also find her speaking publicly about emotional and energetic awareness, and a sacred formula which she believes has the ability to enrich the world at large. Tara-jenelle was raised in Annapolis, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Towson University in Baltimore. She currently lives in the beautiful hills of Ashland, Oregon with her pug, Sascha. www.soulcourage.com