In a digital age when we can connect with people 24/7, more of us are suffering from loneliness than ever before. Even if we’re surrounded by others, we can feel extremely alone.

How’s that for irony?

If you look at Facebook, we’re all just very lonely together.

It makes us all feel very uncomfortable. So what do we do? We try to connect with others.

We believe that, if we’re able to connect, the feeling of loneliness will disappear.

So, technology supplies us with many devices to stay connected.

But even when we are connected, if we’re really honest with ourself, we continue to feel very lonely.

We check our e-mail non-stop.

We send text messages to people just to feel connected.

We’re sitting on a beach looking at the ocean, and we send a text message to somebody because we feel the need to connect.

We’re hanging out, watching TV and we’re wishing somebody was there next to us, so we send a text message because we feel the need to hang out.

We post updates several times a day on Facebook or Instagram because we feel the need to connect. We want to share and we want to receive.

If you think about it, instead of sending and receiving e-mail messages, it should be sharing and receiving.

We spend a whole day trying to connect, but it doesn’t reduce the feeling of loneliness we have.

We’ve got a hunger for love, but we don’t know how to generate love in order to feed ourselves with it.

We’re constantly looking for external sources of validation. When we’re empty, we use technology to try to dissipate all feelings of loneliness. But if you think about it, it really doesn’t work.

We read on the Internet. We e-mail. We text. We post. We have cell phones. We have everything and yet it hasn’t improved our communication at all. It’s actually made things worse.

We want to be in touch with other people.

But we have phones. And that means we’re trying to communicate all day long. Many of us spend a lot of time in meetings or e-mailing with others and not a lot of time communicating with ourselves. The result is that we don’t know what’s going on within us.

We could be a mess inside and we don’t even know it, because we think with all our technological devices we can connect. But really what is that?

It’s really just an illusion.

We’re really disconnected from ourselves because we’re constantly connecting with devices all day long.

We’re here, but we don’t really know we’re here, because when you ask the average person what they see around them, they don’t see anything.

We’re alive, but we don’t even know we’re really alive.

We lose ourself to technology and to other external devices all day long.

You need to stop.

You need to communicate with yourself. You need to ask yourself how you’re feeling. How your needs, wants, and desires are being met.

You need to be honest with yourself, not just honest with your Facebook posts.

You need to be so honest with yourself that you give yourself the opportunity to really feel, to really, really feel secure with who you are, so you’re able to literally blast through your life every single day and truly connect with other people.

Because that’s we’re here. We’re here to connect with ourselves, connect with our bodies, connect with our minds, connect with our spirit.

That’s the object of being present. That’s the object of really connecting.

Think about that. Chew on that while you’re searching the Internet today.