Loneliness.. the most terrible poverty

A film by Shimi Cohen.

Video from KarmaTube

This short and poignant video dramatically illustrates the difference between casual “connection” and the deeper communication that most of us are really hungry for. This urge we have as humans to be heard and known intimately by another is what I see every day in my mindfulness and intimacy coaching practice.

“I thought he sounded super interesting when we were texting and messaging one another but once we met, we were both really awkward and there didn’t seem to be anything to say.” – told to me by a young woman frustrated with on-line dating.

Our friends at the Daily Good describe this phenomenon:

“While our focus is shifting towards individual achievements over community, more and more people are feeling lonely. They feel vulnerable opening up to others for warm, friendly, heart-to-heart conversations. Then, along comes social media… As people share and chat from islands of isolation, filtering and massaging information, they are undermining the genuine credibility of conversation. Bits and pieces of tweets, posts and chats aren’t allowing people either to open up or understand others. Are these online connections actually helping with loneliness, or they are making it worse? Could this social media activity be chipping away at your quiet time as well, when you could think and reflect? Learn more in this fast-pace, animated video based on the work of Sherry Turkle and Dr. Yair Amichal-Hamburger”

Feeling alone....

My deepest desire is to support women and men allowing themselves to be vulnerable enough with one another, that they can share who they are in an authentic, expressive way. And, like everything else about deeply rewarding relationships with others, it starts with cultivating a caring and compassionate relationship with ourselves.

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