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The world we live in, full of technology and information, requires us to be wired, all the time. A plethora of communication options are available to us: amongst the widely used are email, text, and video. With the explosion of social media, a legion of social apps has also become available: WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, just to name a few. Let’s not forget the stories on Instagram, Facebook Live, Periscope, and the favored among millennials: Snapchat.
With so many communication channels, we are bombarded with information, ideas, and ideals.
Just like sleep, we need to shut off our devices on a daily basis to recharge, remember and rejuvenate. The intentional practice of shutting down our devices on a daily basis, coupled with the mindful action to turn our attention away from the digital world does wonders for our mental clarity and spiritual well-being.
Turning it off does NOT mean that we are unresponsive or irresponsible.
Shutting off and rebooting, both our devices and ourselves
is a spiritual practice of radical self-care in today’s demanding society.
It is self-love and self-preservation, enabling us to rejuvenate and create space to be readily available for more, as we are needed.
Step 1: Saying “Yes!” to Yourself
Shutting off attention to our devices requires an intentional, mindful decision. Know that whatever is going on in cyberspace through our device can wait. This means that the conversations we are having with others in our groups or messages will still be there when we come back to it.
Shutting off and making space for wellness
is an intentional act of self-care and self-love.
Step 2: Make It a Ritual
To create ease in this practice, choose and time to consistently carry out your plan for self-care. Decide on a time and the length of shut down. For example, you might decide that you will consciously and intentionally get offline at 4 pm daily, for 30 minutes each day. When 4 o’clock comes around, find a consistent spot and take your device along.
Take a mindful breath, and intentionally turn off your device. Set an alarm for 30 minutes or however long your commitment is to stay offline. And go do something else for 30 minutes without the ding of notifications.
If 30 minutes seems undoable, start with 5 minutes and work up to 30 minutes. As you get used to this ritual, challenge yourself and go a full hour without your device. Yoga is a great way to spend your 30 minutes, and learn relaxation breathing techniques.
Decide when you will shut off your device for the night, and when it will come on again in the morning. If shut off seems precarious, silence it. Remember that technology is a tool to enhance our lives. When we become tethered, dependent and absorbed in our devices, we have less time in the experiential process of living, causing us to miss out on the world physically around us, including ourselves.
Step 4: Drop it Like It’s Hot
Shutting off our devices is one way to remind us that there is a whole world of life to be embraced offline. Turning it off is the motion we go through. Detaching from our device, thinking about something else other than our online world, is just as important. Releasing our energetic connection and sense of responsibility, even for a bit, can help restore our sense of well-being, reminding us that life is also to experienced, lived in community with others outside of cyberspace.
First and foremost to yourself, Radical self-care starts with saying “Yes!”
One cannot serve from an empty cup.
To keep your energy full and attitude positive, make an intentional decision to create a practice that will serve you, enabling you to live honestly within your own boundaries and, as needed, detach and live untethered. After all, we can only be truly free when we live present.
A huge thank you to my friend Evelyn for this lovely guest post, we all need these reminders daily!
Rev. Evelyn Foreman is the founder and CEO of Path of Presence www.PathofPresence.com. Her mission is to help heart-centered entrepreneurs stay positive, present, and inspired, as they grow their business & following online.
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