Unplug and In This Moment Time Expands!
Updated: January 17, 2016
I’m doing an experiment along with an online class I’m teaching and drastically reducing my exposure to media, especially social media. Face Plant has me too often glued to the computer, flipping through posts about things that may or may not interest me, mindlessly exploring the news, trying to avoid the horrific stuff and find more cute otters but its honestly like being stuck in bad traffic while my overloaded brain seems to be spinning off into so many directions I might explode.
It really does feel like I have some bizarre information sucking octopus in my head with extra tentacles when I do too much media, none of which serves to make me any smarter, but all of which makes me very tired and scattered, and emotionally disturbed because I don’t have enough space for all the reactions that are begging to be expressed from angst for the whole world to outrage about abandoned dogs to unbridled joy when I find stories about things that really count.
I know I’m privileged to even be able to say I can unplug. But it’s necessary to go as local as I can, dialing down the drama as I go. Separating out the unnecessary from the stuff of gratitude, feels really good. I can slow down and be right here for whatever needs my attention.
It’s like moving down a rickety ladder.
When I first unplug there’s an initial sense of hanging on to the rungs where I look up and see this never ending thing reaching up, up and away with all this commotion beckoning me to look, and below I can’t see the ground. “OMG what am I missing?? There’s not enough time for everything!’
Then there is a soft landing inside me like I just sat up with a mountain of pillows around me about to read a good book.
The frantic “ what’s going on out there?” turns into “I wonder what I might experience now?”
Then I notice the quiet, the room to think, to create, to contemplate. I am present now in this moment.
I actually get excited about the possibilities I could call down from the invisible realms. I am aware I have more room, more space, more concentrated power to be creative and aware.
And the fascinating thing is I find I have all the time in the world now.
As an experienced meditator I know the effects of the discipline of a quiet mind, but also find how spending too much time online on social media can rob me of my equilibrium.
However there is a balance. So far for the past two weeks I have spent no more than 30 minutes a day on the various chatter sites, sometimes less. The time I spend online otherwise is to learn, and when I do read news I am conscious of what kind.
So far I have slept better, feel more grounded, I am thinking more clearly, and I’m not as interested in snacking, and I am present, really present in my body, mind and spirit. And turns out I really needed to be.
This week our little Olli had two relapses – so difficult to watch as she loses control of her legs and seems to go temporarily blind. But because I felt more grounded I was able to be there, bounce back quicker from the fear and grief and better able to consciously see her as healthy, filled with Light and life force energy- even though we are powerless to change any of it. Our attitude is good.
So I’m wondering if you notice how things change when you take your eyes off of your computer/ phone and look up and into your world?
How much more do you get accomplished? Do you notice how time seems to just be more available?
Love to hear your story!
Hope your week is filled with joy and serenity!
Sending you so much support and affection!
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