In this new age of social media, I am often left wondering exactly how “social” we really are? Has tweeting and Facebooking replaced a good ol’fashioned face-to-face chat and has texting bumped the phone calls in to the long distance? And what has happend to the letter? Is there something wrong with sitting down, taking out a ball point, writing out your thoughts and sending it with love? Have we become too tech-social and not enough real-social?
There is something special that is felt when people gather. Body language expressed, tone of voice heard, and physical contact perhaps with a handshake, hug or kiss. We loose all of these essential steps to a conversation when we use technology to communicate. Its like trying to bake a cake and forgetting the sugar, something is missing! Human beings need to communicate. Not just by phone, text, or email. But by real, in the flesh, discussion.
Gathering together gives us comfort and a sense of togetherness. We feel joy and happiness because we see a smile on a friend’s face or receive a hug from a relative. We also get a sense of conformation that our idea or way of thinking is right through others opinions and feedback. This is true of our yoga community (sangha). We come together, practice, laugh and sweat and it is done together, as a group. We leave feeling elevated and enlightened, like we are apart of something larger as a whole community, not just an individual.
If you are someone who is constantly using technology to do the talking, don’t be fooled. This is not a good substitute for the real-deal. Nothing can replace the joy and memories made by spending time with loved ones. Use your time wisely and start reconnecting with people now. This will hopefully help you avoid unnecessary feelings of depression, separation, and isolation that can come from being too busy.