How many times have you gone onto your phone to check for emails and then before you know it you’ve gotten lost in pages of information? Scrolling through
recipes or reading articles that you later can’t even recall how you’ve landed upon them? All around you there’s birds chirping, the sun is shining,
the wind is blowing, and you are engrossed in your phone, losing sense of the natural beauty of the moment right before your eyes. We all have probably
been there before. Our world is fueled by this innovative way of connecting, so how does one create a healthy relationship with technology, while still
creating healthy relationships??
For a long time I was constantly getting stuck in technologies hold, and to be honest sometimes I still do. It is when we don’t approach the technology
with intention and discipline that we get lost in it. Just like in life, if we don’t lead with intention we are not focused on what we really want
the outcome of our actions to be.
After being encouraged to do a digital detox or a variation of one at the yoga teacher training at Pavones Yoga Center, I felt how important it was
be conscious of my activity on technology. Not having my phone on during the week (I decided to only call home on the weekend) cultivated an inner
awareness of how dependent I have become on this superficial way of connecting. I realized that the sense of connection is hardwired into our brains
as scientists would say and spiritually speaking our souls are looking for that true community feeling. Not using my phone gave me more space to
feel how strong our group’s bond really was.
At PYC we cultivated real, lasting relationships. We looked into each other’s eyes, we hugged, we laughed, we cried. All of these experiences can not
be had via technology or felt as deeply without truly being present with someone.
It is funny to realize when people call and you really don’t want to answer, but you still do. You are not obligated to! The instant gratification
in our society is endless. We each hold the power to decide if we want to succumb to that behavior.
Setting times for when you will use your phone, when to check your emails etc. are great ways to practice being mindful with technology. As a result
of my digital detox I have set these commitments for my self:
- Only check my phone after morning yoga practice
- Check emails between 11-12 and 3-4
- Don’t use the phone after dinner
- Turn off notifications for text messages.
I am sometimes expecting a message or a call so I make it my intention to only check for that person’s contact to refrain from getting lost in the
That’s my example of what’s worked for me. It is truly liberating to experience freedom from the demanding and distracting energy from devices and
to feel real connection more deeply when you choose to leave devices out of the experience of life.
Challenge yourself to your version of a digital detox and notice how it shifts your perspective. Share your experience in the comments! I would love
to hear about it!