Yesterday, I made a huge decision. This decision may even be bigger than my sabbatical and transition to Israel in the coming months.
I decided to cancel my data plan and go to a basic non-smart phone.
The decision has been building for months. I have been noticing my inability to sit still without looking at my phone, the increasing anxiety with every email I continuously checked placing my mind in a constant state of anticipation for when I would have the time to respond. In short, as much as I tried to resist, there was a feeling that I am “missing something important” which kept me hostage from being in the present moment. I started to tune into my nervous system and realized that it was taking its toll.
I realize that it is not my phone’s fault, but my personality and predisposition towards being easily distracted and worrying. In Ayurveda, this would be called a Vata imbalance. Vata refers to the element of air – which is cold, dry, constantly moving and ungrounded. I have been noticing that for me, the constant ability to download information and be reachable can overload my system to the point where I feel overwhelmed.
Do these devices really save us time? I don’t know about you, but with a smart phone in hand I feel like I have less free time than ever.
Instead of checking my email all day, I will set aside a specific time each day dedicated to responding to inquiries. I will try to be where I am in each moment and focus on what is happening now. I will find more opportunities each day to look around at the world and at people around me instead of down onto a screen.
Another opportunity (and a lot less drastic) to release tension and focus on presence is by going on retreat. The Yoga for a Happy Back Retreat is coming up next month and will be a sweet taste of how life can be different when we let go just a little bit more.
There are a few spaces left, so register soon.
Let’s be present together. Join me at Mount Madonna in May.
All the best,