I just finished a discussion with one of my supervisors around connection. I have a deep feeling that if we were more connected many of our problems would improve, especially in the field of mental health.
When I stop and think about it, I feel grief about us all living in small boxes disconnected from the land and community.
I feel grief about the one in four children in Australia who experience domestic violence.
I feel grief that those families are left to deal with mental illness and violence without the support of family, friends and community.
I feel grief that 80% of women in prison have been victims of domestic violence.
I question the efficacy of our prison system in creating change. Do we want people to be punished or do we want them to reform and become contributing members of society?
Sometimes, I find myself questioning the foundation and fabric of our society. Sometimes, I see so much inequity, so much suffering.
Our suffering cannot be separated from our socio-cultural, economic, political and environmental realities.
I wonder what more connection is for you?
If you were more connected to nature, what would that look and feel like?
If you were more connected to others, what would that look and feel like?
If you were more connected to self, what would that look and feel like?
My conversation today helped me to feel more connected to the advocate in myself. It made me feel more connected to all the people who are suffering right now. Right now I feel grief, and connection through writing this message to you all.
Does anyone else share these musings?