Leadership is Key: we have time 

I just watched this incredible interview by Simon Sinek on London Real. 

The points he conveyed we so on the mark about the shift in society. 

Some key point were about;

  • The addiction to social media in modern society 
  • The lack of correlation between shiny social media profiles and how people feel inside
  • Confidence is often surrupticiously low in the younger generation (despite higher achievements than ever before)
  • A practice of Patience is what is needed
  • Companies and organizations need to prioritize looking after their people rather than their number if we want to see a shift (and perhaps avoid an epidemic of mental health decline) 

And… leadership is Key

To take it one step further I would like to say that everything in Simon’s argument could perhaps be consumed in a different flavour if one replaces the word “they” with “we”. 

This came to me as a reflection after watching this brilliant interview, because as a 41 year old human, I can relate to many of the traits that were ascribed to the millennials. I’ve always related to the younger generations, maybe because I grew up with a kid brother who was 12 years younger than me, or maybe it’s due to my free spirited nature, or perhaps it’s owing to a number of factors including taking on PhD during my 30’s (which lead to an extended period of an international student lifestyle)- who knows? Whatever the reason, I can relate on many counts to many perspectives ascribed to the newer generations (gen Y & Z). However, there is  also a salient difference in that I also well relate to my own generation stereotype and with that can clearly remember life during a time before the age of smart phones and social  media- this was a time when we talked in person a lot more, and we were less socially shielded from interpersonal encounters.

Mediation Retreats: ground zero for social media

When I did a 10 day silent mediation retreat in the Blue mountains, near Sydney, last year, one of the conditions of the retreat centre was to hand in our mobile phones to be locked away for the duration of the retreat.

The retreat itself had a profound effect on my mental health and state of wellbeing,  but perhaps an important confounding variable in the personal study of the effects of 10 days of mediation had to be the simultaneous disconnection from mobile/social media/emails (i.e. I often wonder how I would have felt if I just locked away my phone for 1 week, and didn’t check emails, and did no meditation). 

On thing I learned by doing a retreat where you cut back your regular routines to a minimum is that habits (and in some instances addictive tendencies – or addiction itself, quickly surfaces). It is my hypothesis that it’s not just the millennial that are addicted to these light emitting plastic communication devices. Social media and smart phones have become so embedded in modern society (affecting many age brackets), that it is difficult to appreciate how much so unless one completely removes themselves from it. 

The new face(book) of society?

Perhaps the first step to changing the direction in which society is moving is to appreciate this very uncomfortable proposition, that many who are not outright addicted are probably  habitually constrained, to varying degrees. After all a therapy or way of being to address the deficits for the millennial is most likely a therapy that we could all benefit from to varying degrees. Now wouldn’t that be an interesting shift – from “us” and “them” to simply “all of us who are interested”.

Thank you Simon for picking up this hot potatoe that so few want to catch!

These are just some instantaneous reflections from someone who intentionally caught that potatoe, whilst himself caught under the spell of a habit that is being regularly actively monitored and held at bay. 

Advertisements

The whale inside

The whale is inside,
Please don’t let it hide,

For you are destined for the ocean,
This magic potion that keeps us alive,

Energy is why we thrive.

So do not waste time on what matters least.
Instead have a feast,

On what you know to be true.

Endure the pain,

For soon will come the rain,
Washing you to shore,

And once more you will rise,
When we finally realise,

That love is the only prize.

8-7-16.

Last night I had a dream about whales playing in the ocean.

I have a special connection with whales ever since a close encounter that I had with them 3 years back.

I met someone randomly at the gym a few days ago. As I entered the room he came up to me and asked me about my experience on that fateful Sunday when I was knocked out by one of the most majestic marine mammals to roam the planet.

This person went on to tell me about his own amazing encounter with whales whilst surfing only a week back. He was just surfing by Stanwell Park, in the Illawarra when he was surrounded by a whole heard of whales, curious and interactive.

My new found friend and I seemed to connect on many levels. It was refreshing to meet someone like this, who was incidentally a masters student in Medical Philosophy, doing some fascinating research, because we seemed to be invigorated by a discussion about the bigger picture that often seems to be lost on so many who are caught up on the rat race of life.

Perhaps only those who are truly open to the great majesty and force of nature will be even close to expressing how beautiful it is to behold. This is something we both could relate to, and it wasn’t just about an experiment with whales, it was more about recognizing the gift of nature that is there every moment we are aware.

“In the stillness of a single moment of nature doth the power lie”

I never really know what the purpose of the whale’s message was, but perhaps if we love ourselves enough, we can find a part of their wisdom within us.