03 August 2013

Saturday Free Write: Is True Communion Lost?

How we need that security.
How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm.
To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this.
I need someone to pour myself into.
~ Sylvia Plath

In August, I’m participating in BlogHer’s Blogging Challenge.  The theme this month is: Hot.

ommunion is defined as sharing or exchanging intimate thoughts and feelings, esp. on a mental or spiritual level.

How many of us experience that?

As an iNtuitive Feeler, I experience the absence of true communion more than most.  But I have to believe that many people hunger for this type of connection and notice when it is lacking.  And in this age of social media overload and the sacred sound byte, true communion between people, always a fragile thing, seems to be disappearing altogether.

Very hypocritical of me I know, as I sit here and type happily away and post on Facebook, and pin on Pinterest, but there are days when I long for something big to happen to shut everything electronic down, like a big snow storm (added bonus ~ snow angels!) 

Image Credit: Pinterest
The introverted greenie in me would love that: no constant electrical hum, people having to actually interact with other people face to face.  Heaven!

The pampered Gen Xer inside is horrified when she thinks of life without hot showers, computers, and the internet.  Yuck!

Electricity (and more specifically, the internet) and what it does for us, isn’t the real problem, of course.  It’s how we use it and how much we use it that’s the issue.  But it does seem that our use of it has become obsessive and addictive.  To the point where we don’t know how to have communion with another person. 

As I watch people hurry across the street, their heads bent over their smartphones, I wonder, are we even capable of receiving “another soul in confidence” anymore?

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

I tend to be a pessimist, so tell me what you think: reason to doubt?  Or reason to hope?


Anonymous said...

Reason to hope and to doubt. When is the last time you got together with 'old girl friends'?

Unknown said...

Ahh, Anon. ~ true that. I get together with my inner circle as often as they can stand me. :) But that is because I make time, and most weekends when I'm at home, I'm cut off from social media and even texting ~ the upside/downside to living in the boons.

Thanks for sharing! Hope you can stop by again.