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Online Emotional Lives

One other idea to leave you with.  You know that old adage: “You have to have money to make money.”  Like attracts like, the law of attraction people might say.  In Buddhism, there is a saying or concept–you can’t grow a cherry tree from an apple seed.  Why wouldn’t the same apply to learning technology? You will have to have learned some technology to learn more technology.  That’s a fact.  So when someone says: “I can’t learn technology,” it simply isn’t based in reality.  “Won’t” might be the better description.  So, when moving into this new milieu or medium that many of us are facing, can you see that you know technology and that it is necessary to work, get around, survive?  Can you see that you already know technology?  Can you approach this process as if you are seeing this for the very first time, with all the reactions: “isn’t this exciting?,” “can I really do this?,” “do I really want to do this?”, etc.?  If you are a teacher, wouldn’t this be nice to model for your students?  Inviting your students to look at learning from this perspective will help them cope with these changes, and it might just make the online classroom experience a little more tolerable.

Good morning.  Hope everyone is doing okay.  Just wanted to say that many people are moving online due to the current situation.  For some of you, this may be a challenge not only emotionally but technologically as well.  Even though you might find you have more time to work on your project or small business, that free time can be taken up learning new technology like online meeting software.  Since we are often isolated from our previous helpers, it may fall on us individually to work it out, at least in the beginning.  That energy from in person interaction has changed. First thing to remember is our habits are being turned upside down.  We try to learn new habits and that takes time and energy.  It’s a good time to see this.  Ironically, its our conditioning that got us into trouble, both good and bad ones, and we are hard on ourselves for not knowing.  Can you see this? Can you see how our old methods are trying to help us cope?  Can we see that this isn’t a problem, something we have to deal with even though we think it is–buying up toilet paper and canned food, etc.? It’s a fact–our current situation.  Can we see our habits, many learned long ago, as a fact?  Just sitting with these emotions is important.  See if it doesn’t provide some relief about your online situation.