Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Discern the path that leads toward a greater sense of unity

Our great joy in life is when we realize that the journey is no longer a solo adventure, but a communal undertaking. 

That we can’t survive alone, and even if we could, we wouldn’t want to. 

Because it’s not the way our species is wired. Keen’s theory comes to mind, that human beings are single selves who exist only within a community of interdependent beings. And as we grow aware of how isolated we have been, we start to feel our loneliness for the first time and are filled with a longing for reunion. 

Question is, how do we shift our posture away from being solo adventurers and towards communal joiners? How do we discern the path that leads toward a greater sense of unity? 

Sometimes it’s simply a matter of intention and attention. 

Personally, one tool that helped me overcome my antisocial tendencies was asking myself the following question before taking an action. 

How could this activity involve other people? 

For example, instead of playing music in my apartment all day, a short walk to the park would allow me to busk in public and connect with tons of real people.

Another example is, instead of ordering takeout and watching a movie in my underwear, a few quick text messages to friends would open up opportunities to hang out face to face. 

How could this activity involve other people? 

It sounds silly, but this question is my top micro practice for amateur cognitive behavioral therapy. It helps shines a torch into my thoughts, assumptions and beliefs. Reminding me that there is always a beautiful world waiting for me to return to it. Even when my abiding loneliness seems unconquerable. 

Yet another reminder, that when we change our pronouns, we change our life. 

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

How might you redefine your current experience in relation to others? 

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  
scott@hellomynameisscott.com
www.nametagscott.com

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