In Celebration of Small Things: A Deep and Meaningful Conversation
In these days of excessive technological communication, increasing emotional detachment and isolation from fellow humans, a deep and meaningful conversation with another is a rare and precious gift. To be willing to share-painful experiences as well as joyous ones- and to be received and listened to at a deep level creates beautiful and beneficial change at every level of our heart, soul and body. I had such a conversation this week and want to celebrate and cherish the experience.
We now live in a world where couples and families going out to dinner and friends meeting for coffee, can be seen sitting in silence connected to their phones or tablets, only occasionally looking up to give their companions fleeting eye contact. It’s so ‘de rigueur ’ today that it’s no longer considered rude as we have become unconscious sufferers of attention deficit trait. The truth is, although I talk constantly with family and friends, because of the constant technological interruptions we never seem to get back to the point in the conversation where were interrupted, and so I wonder if we know each other at all. How did we get to be like this?
Most of us are enslaved by the ping of a phone message, incoming email or even Facebook notification and end up being constantly diverted from the really important things of life. Like friendships and relationships- including the one we have with ourselves.
‘La Droit de Déconnexion’ The right to disconnect from technology is something which France is considering so that workers can be prevented from the stress of being constantly available to receive communications from their employer. It’s a right we should all seek to act on so that we can have a deeper connection with ourselves and those we care about.