You ever have those moments when you wish you could unplug completely?
This past weekend, I had the luxury (and challenge) of having my iPhone kept under lock and key for 3 days straight during a retreat.
That’s right, no email, no Facebook, no TEXTS!!!
I sent my family a quick message to let them know I was alive and well…that I’d reconnect with them when I returned. Meanwhile, my heart was beating quickly in my chest, my breathing shallow, not to mention the sinking feeling in my heart of not being able to keep my promise of Face-timing with my kids.
In that moment, I realized just how dependent I had become on technology.
And I wasn’t the only one. As I looked around, the expressions of loss and bewilderment indicated that taking away this little electronic device threatened the perceived safety and well-being of everyone there!
How could one little device hold so much power?
Technology permeates our lives on a daily basis and has a strong influence on our everyday lives. Because it has become so normalized, it’s easy to forget the negative effects it can have on our brains, our bodies, and our well-being. For Empaths, this can result in disconnection, fatigue, overwhelm, and fragmented energy.
As ironic as it may seem, our natural need and desire to connect with others can sometimes be hindered by the very vehicle that connects us.
During that weekend, I found myself unconsciously reaching into my purse pocket where I keep my phone, and guess what?
It wasn’t there!
Have you, too, ever found yourself reaching for technology out of sheer habit?
If you’ve been experiencing digital fatigue or if you’re the slightest bit curious about how much time you are devoting to your phone, it’s worth looking into. You may be surprised at what you discover.
Here are some apps you may find useful:
- http://www.checkyapp.com – tracks how many times you check your phone
- https://www.calm.com – app for meditation and mindfulness
- https://inthemoment.io – tracks minutes spent on phone & how many times you unlock it
The blessing of technology is only a blessing if it’s kept in balance and serves to enhance our quality of life.
Here are some of the benefits of a Digital Detox:
- Being able to hear yourself think
- Experiencing the present moment without trying to take pictures every 2 seconds
- Giving your imagination room to stretch out and unfold
- A slower heart rate
- Deeper connection to your physical body
- Freedom from electromagnetic frequencies
- Experiencing a sense of calm and simplicity
- Spending time with yourself, your friends or your family – REALLY nurturing authentic connections with those in your company
Make some time for your wellness on a regular basis by putting the phone down, or better yet, turn it off completely…AND put it in a box! Then take in a deep breath and connect to the present moment.
P.S. If you have any suggestions on how to disconnect in order to be more connected and centered, please share! I’d love to hear what has worked for you!