Kindness isn't some weird hippy, utopia-vision notion - it's a reflection of our inner world - and according to conversations on social media our inner world is in chaos.
Why can't people be nice to each other? My heart aches with the nastiness which fuels the social media platforms that we all inhabit. Even the simplest observations about the world can get us called an "idiot", and worse by complete strangers. Social media emboldens us to say things we might not say in person, but it's now actually coming off line with celebrities inciting violence against protesters or refugees. What sort of person encourages others to run people over and think it's a joke?
I spend most of my unconscious energy trying to push him away because I can't imagine what my life might be if I was happy. I can't imagine what it would feel like, look like or BE like for me.
Last month I went to my psychologist and I told her that I was afraid to be happy. She promptly got up and wrote on the top of a piece of paper "my past" and on the bottom "my happiness" and ripped the words apart. Then placed the two pieces of paper on the floor and told me to stand up. I stood beside "my past" and looked towards "my happiness" and I desperately...
I think many of us just cope with life, but don't actually thrive in this wondrous world, which then doesn't allow us the space or energy to feel the wonder we have about the miracle life is.
This week, I've enacted a time restriction on my social media, because, let's be honest, there's not a lot of good news going on out there; the loss of biodiversity through land clearing, the climate crisis and the continued inaction by our leaders to show any ounce of compassion or humanity about anyone but themselves and our inevitable...
When we break a bone, it's easy to see what steps need to be taken to help - straight to the hospital and then months of recovery. When we have a mental breakdown, it's easy to see we need to march ourselves into a hospital or book into see a competent psychologist or counsellor but when we have emotional pain, what should and do we do with it?