Unplug Your Way to the Present Moment

This article was recently featured on one of my all-time favourite holistic living websites, MindBodyGreen.com. Please check it out! eeep! 

 

With the rapid evolution of today’s technology, we are in a constant state of stimuli. We are tuned in, turned on and tapped into the fast-paced electronic world much longer than the standard 8-hour work day. Cell phones, tablets and laptops make us accessible anywhere and anytime, which, as you can imagine, is negatively impacting our overall health and well-being. As our minds are being infiltrated with thousands of new bits of information every moment, it is no wonder that we, as a nation, have such a hard time slowing down. Rest, reflection and personal relationships are often the first to suffer. We are tuning in less and less to that which is going on in the present moment. Many of us are not able to fully disconnect from the info stream until we lay down in bed at night. Even then, the cell phone is close by and is usually the first thing we look at as our eyes open. And, let’s not forget what happens when a phone is misplaced; what a nightmare! When this happens, it’s probably a blessing in disguise and has probably happened for a very good reason. When we become disconnected, it allows us the opportunity to think and see this chaotic lifestyle with a fresh set of eyes.

While submersed in the peace and solitude of the ashram in India, disconnected from everything, I came to a few profound realizations. Firstly, that I am far too accessible. Much of my existence is, in one way or another, connected to the Internet. The slew of superfluous e-mails and notifications that constantly bombard my phone and inbox needed to go! Instant messaging, such as Blackberry messenger and Facebook chat, opened up lines of communication with people that I didn’t necessarily speak to otherwise. It was consuming my energy and slowing me down! Each time something new came in, it entered my mind space, distracting me and diluting my power from things of greater priority. Right then, in that moment, I vowed to take action and cut the ties with these relentless distractions that made their way into my precious headspace.

 

With all that goes on in the mind at any given time, it is hard to find moments of stillness and clarity. This excessive mindset impedes creativity and becomes a block in the way of you and your true self. How can you listen to your heart if you cannot hear or see beyond the overwhelming buzz of these mindless stimuli?

 

Now, with a little less clutter, my mind is free to let the thoughts flow, uninterrupted. I am free to contemplate, daydream and visualize all that I want to bring into fruition.

 

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  1. With the title alone, Im in complete agreeance. People have an ever evolving level of anxiety, stress and inability to concentrate, largely due to technology’s advancements. People wonder why they have chronic fatigue, why they ‘cant function in the morning without a coffee or red bull’ when its right in front of them or in their pocket. Once a person’s mind is wired to the connections and ‘distractions’ technology has brought, they lose focus on what really matters – being mindful of the present. Mindfulness allows a moment to sit back, disconnected from all outside info, lets YOUR OWN reality set in so you can reflect, introspect, relax more, and grow. I read the article after writing this and I strongly agree/recommend people to give this a read. You might get some insight onto how you can de-stress and be more alert without ie: alcohol on weekends and coffee during the day, respectively

  2. Yay! So happy you agree and are so passionate about it. This stimuli is just another added stress to the body and mind. Feel free to share my article around for others to read.

  3. I am completely honoured that my words inspired this writing reminding us to SLOW down. You are a dear soul in my life:)
    Love Ya Rite Back Gilles xo
    p.s. – KEEEP WRITING & INSPIRING THE WORLD!!!!!!

  4. Oh I will :) Like I always say, sharing is caring! eeep!

  5. Gillian this is a marvellous article and very well written! I did exactly what you proposed months ago and it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I became so disconnected to my present reality at one point and became so connected to technology that it was sucking life out of me. I was still a very happy, positive, high energy person but something did feel wrong and I felt something was always missing. Thanks for the reminder to focus on what is really important in life. You have inspired me today to take another step towards self love/care and I thank you for this. I hope this article reaches the masses! Everyone in the world should give it a read! p.s. YOUR AWESOME!!!

  6. WOW!! Pat!!! Thank you so so so so so so much! :D I am the happiest right now :)

  7. Did YOU actually write this?, or was it copied from somewhere else on the web? Just asking ;)

  8. I wrote it after my trip to india :) It was a life changing experience.

  9. Hi Gillian,

    I have been stuck to your website since a few days. Have been reading through all the links here and the hyperlinks linked to other websites full of awareness and world of knowledge. I find myself compelled to write a comment on this blog of yours. I completely agree to all mentioned so beautifully above.

    In today’s life with technology providing us different ways to stay connected with the world with apps like, facebook, whats app, viber etc, we are losing out on the connection to our own self. You rightly said, more than half of the people who we get connected to via these expert apps are those who are not even important to us or people who we do not even talk to otherwise. This feeling would sometimes irritate me when I would end up not finding NO time for myself because of my phone ringing or beeping all the time.

    I have not been working since 2 years and it had been a blessing in disguise which I realised way later. I have figured that I have become closer to my inner self and have become aware of self love and care. I have been abusing my body, mind and soul since years at a stretch and the last 1.5 years, after spending quality time reading books, blogs etc has opened my eyes to simple tips and tricks on how to maintain balance of a healthy lifestyle and get rewarded with a fresh, trouble free mind and soul in return.

    I now switch off my mobile phone as soon as I am in my bed, try not to stay glued to it all the time like earlier. The latest reward to my mind and soul : the 15-20 mins of everyday meditation time I am trying to give myself to..an effort to make a re-connection to my inner self:)

    Thank you and PLEASE keep writing more and more :)

    PS: Where all did you go to in India? I am an Indian and hence the curioisity.. :)

  10. Hi Renuka!

    Thanks so much for the message, I’m very happy that you enjoy my blog and my work!

    Not working is ideal!! You are lucky :) Take advantage of this opportunity.

    Meditation is so so key and can really enhance all other aspects of life. Keep it up!

    I will keep writing! Till the day I die :)

    I went to Hare Dwar, Delhi and Rishikesh! You can see my photos on my fanpage.

    xx

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