Our July topic of conversation is Connection and Loneliness. Connection to ourselves or others has many different meanings or understandings for each of us and loneliness can be a really debilitating and heart-breaking phase of life, particularly in our elder years. We are exploring what effect connection may have on loneliness, the possible link between them and the ways in which we might address this sense of ‘feeling alone’.
In her article ‘Nature’s Rhythms’ Ann writes about her observations of the connection in nature.
“Returning to connection after feeling a sense of being scattered and in disarray in the initial stages of these uncertain times….. I look around and start observing how steady and unchanging is the rhythm and routine of the natural world around me…... Maybe there is something to be learned from this.”
There have been many books written and stories told about people who have travelled the world in search of happiness and fulfilment only to realise at the end of the journey that true joy is found within, as Christina shares with us in her article, ‘Finding Me’, and her realisations about connection.
“My experiences living and journeying with some of the most loving people I have ever met, informed me that space, and the love I sensed in that space, was also inside me.”
We know that loneliness has tended to be a significant factor of growing older for many elders and can be the result of situations such as one’s own ill health or that of a partner, or impaired mobility. It can also be a period where the network of family and friends has diminished due to having to manage their own ageing issues. All of which can result in a sense that our world or lifestyle sphere has become smaller, less safe and out of touch with the world outside our door.
There will be many reasons why we feel lonely at different times in our life, and many ways we’ve been able to find fulfilment again. We invite your valuable sharing on our topic this month - Connection and Loneliness.