In today’s world we are all faced with new dynamics in relating through the possibility of being constantly connected through multiple channels. To be truly connected to ourselves, each other and the earth we must take the time to cultivate the skills we need to navigate our emotional world with more ease. We do not need more channels of communication we need to know how to connect in authentic and honouring ways.
Let us not mistake the tools which facilitate connection for connection itself. Social media platforms, email, whatsapp are tools to support connection.
It is time to be better humans, learn how to navigate and listen to our emotions to support our capacity to connect in meaningful ways.
If, we as adults, do not have the skills developed in us, we are not going to be able to influence, teach and support the development of these skills in others, especially children.
Children and teens are growing up in a world where they are bombarded by advertising and social media which does not support healthy connection, this results in an expectation of instant gratification, lack of human connection as pixels take priority over people. This compounds the age-old human struggles of sibling rivalry, bullying, a need for acceptance and belonging. Without the skills to navigate these demands and make healthy choices, a child’s confidence, ability to focus and feel safe is impacted. Emotions become a challenge resulting in explosive behaviour or emotional avoidance through suppression.
The best part cultivating these skills is they can be learnt through simply, practical tools. It does not need to be a complex or complicated process. Yeah! It is, however, an essential one!