I’ll start with the usual ‘it’s been a while but…after that, I don’t know quite what to say. A transformation not dissimilar to Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis has taken place. You know the one? He goes to bed and wakes up transformed into a dung beetle?
I’m not actually physically transformed into such a thing, but since lockdown – I’ve become something of a couch potato. I’m up at 5am for meditation, but after that, I could very easily sit with my iPad all day on the sofa if left to my own devices.
‘Left to My Own Devices’ what a scary thought!
I know I’m not alone! I’ve actually got lots of devices, an iPhone, a Tablet, an iPad & a laptop (Not All At Once of Course) Then there’s You Tube, Netflix & Facebook. We’ve now got so many devices at our convenience, it’s so easy to become demotivated, especially during lockdown with few places to go, and hardly anyone to see in the flesh on a social level.
Most of our lives are conducted over FaceTime and other means of social networking. Thank goodness I still have my healing clients to work with, but even that is done on zoom – so there’s no getting away from the entanglement of the social networking spiderweb.
I was thinking to myself the other day, how advanced we’ve become in terms of electronic communication, yet the more backward we’ve also become in terms of humanity and compassion. We’ve got the best technology in the world right at our fingertips, yet many of us can’t even visit our neighbour to check they’re okay.
So what’s to be done when we get stuck in this quagmire? When every day merges into one, when the sofa becomes your best friend and the world keeps revolving whilst you sit in front of a laptop screen? How do you change this? When through no fault of our own, circumstances have morphed us into someone unrecognisable? When there is no need to get dressed anymore, and sitting in your pyjamas all day is quite permissible because no one can see you from the waist down?
It may sound peculiar – but it feels like we are almost