CONNECTING EVEN IF DISTANCED
With renewed lockdowns and restrictions being announced due to Covid-19 the risks of seniors becoming isolated and lonely are again increasing. For some people loneliness has never subsided, particularly as many are self-isolating in any case.
But if you are reading this you are online so you might like to know about a way to connect in a friendly way with other people via the internet. ConsciousCafe is a purely voluntary organisation, unaffiliated to any other group or religion, and non-profit. It was started in London by publisher Judy Piatkus with the idea of bringing people together in a cafe setting to connect with new people and discuss life in an open-minded and non-judgement way. The conversation themes are wide-ranging and often lead to self-reflection and personal development, in a light-hearted no pressure way. Often when we talk about our beliefs and share our wisdom it creates an instant rapport with others and a deeper connection than typical conversations.
The idea became very popular and ConsciousCafes led by volunteers have sprung up under Judy’s guidance all over the UK and even internationally. There are now cafes in Singapore, Switzerland, France and Rome. In the past those interested attended their local cafe in person. Now with the spread of the pandemic ConsciousCafe is running events online. They can either be like the old style cafe discussing a subject in an amicable group or, increasingly, holding online events with interesting speakers who present a subject and stimulate the small group conversation.
Why not try a ConsciousCafe event? They are often free – or with a speaker just under £6 or 7 Euros. You can check out speaker events here : https://consciouscafe.org/events and more intimate local cafes here : https://consciouscafe.org/consciouscafe-discussion-groups
You can join the conscious conversation wherever you may be. It’s another great way to connect with others and also not feel so alone out there.