Every day in my neighborhood, I see a woman walking alone. She walks with a determined air, hands clasped behind her back, observing everything around her. We don’t know each other but we always wave and smile in recognition. In strange way, I feel connected to her and pray she doesn’t feel lonely. Someone asked me recently to name the most talked about issue in spiritual direction. Despite different circumstances, I most often hear people lament about the basic human need to belong. Because of the dehumanizing effects of our modern world, people feel isolated in their struggles, even if they are married or have friends. Without guidance, God can also seem distant and silent. My simple antidote is to spend more time outside without electronic devices, listening and observing, taking a slow, contemplative walk, opening all of the senses. If faithful to this practice, we eventually feel timelessly, joyfully, connected. For at the heart of all created existence is a oneness. Everyone and everything belongs.