Photo by: Luke Chesser
We are probably more "connected" now than at any other time in history. Many panic if they don't have their cell phone when they go out the door. Most people keep their phones on 24/7 and can be reached at any time, any day. Our "smart" phones will gladly tell us anything and everything horrible happening anywhere simply by pressing a button. We know what's going on next door and on the other side of the world. While some of us remember when it was high-tech to have an answering machine to check when we got home in the evening, there is a whole generation that has never had to read a map, plan ahead for a trip, rely on their own resources, or been without some means of constant contact at all times. The paradox in all of this is that anxiety is on the rise with antidepressants being prescribed more and more because people feel isolated and disengaged.
The truth is we have lost a connection with our divine inner spirit and we've been separated from the natural, loving ebb and flow of the universe. With all the noise and buzz assaulting us from every direction we've lost our link to the internal, wise quiet. Whether it's conscious or a function of our sub-conscious, sometimes we choose to detach. It might feel like there are too many painful issues or we're afraid to move forward into the unknown. It feels much easier to watch videos of cats, check in with FB, or call friends ... whatever it takes so that we don't have to "be" with ourselves and our concerns and worries. This only works for a little while before it backfires and leaves us feeling cut off and disassociated. We might think that we have lost touch with the world when we've actually lost touch with ourselves.
The good news is that there is a solution and it's not in a pill. In fact, you don't need any special equipment and it doesn't cost anything. It's basically nothing -- no phone, no tv, no computer. It's just you allowing your divine energy to pour into and through you. It's shutting down the constant input of noise and commotion and inviting the sacred to let itself be known. It's starting the day in quiet meditation and discovering that you have a core that supports you and helps you stay centered no matter what. When you politely request the pleasure of divinity's presence in your life you'll rediscover your sense of purpose, creativity, connection, and belonging. This is what I wish for you.