Golden LightPosted: June 9, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: Authenticity, Being Present, books, College World Series, cultfit, Daily Meditation, Education, emotions, family, Free Will, Omaha, Open Letter, Reflection, Society, Story Telling, time 12 Comments
Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear-
Shrouded in our arrogance, we often believe time is never-ending. When in fact, the end of time, or at least this time, this moment as we are experiencing it … Is the one thing in our lives of which we can be absolutely certain of. If I may ask you this morning, why then, do we insist on spending these precious moments consumed with how many followers we have on WordPress, or perusing the trending topics on Reddit, rather than being fully engaged in this amazing moment in our lives?
This morning I woke up earlier than I normally do. I found myself paying more attention to “something” else. Rather than being fully engaged in the fleeting moments lying before me … Moments that, for their own reasons, are even more precious than most … I had my face buried in the screen on my iThingy, lighting up a still dark room. A none too subtle reflection of my enamored face switching between the weather app and the fantasy baseball app, reminded me of unwavering attention to my virtual world, and my increasingly wavering attention to my true self. This moment prompted me to pause, set down my gadget, thinking about just how much distraction we volunteer for in our daily lives, and how much these distractions impact what we have come to consider meaningful in our lives (my fantasy team stinks this season).
Figuring out and deciding what to fill each moment during the day with, is truly, the most challenge part living a life, in the moment.
And it’s that moment of clarity — in deciding to put the device down — that we can come back to our true self. And even if we do fall off track (and into the abyss of our i-thingy’s) it’s the “coming back” that matters.
Brilliantly stated my friend 🙂
Great reminder. I find myself increasingly involved in my ithingy a bit too much at times. Sometimes it’s a necessity; sometimes not. Realizing the difference can bring us back.
You bring up a great point – Noticing the difference between using our gadgets as productive tools in our daily lives, and something that fills in when we get bored and distracted. I have been catching myself a lot recently, just clicking and starring away into the abyss 😉
We are in sync on our feelings. Just yesterday, I wrote in my journal that iThingys are an avoidance strategy. I’m planning a silent un-technology retreat for myself of multiple days……I want to see how I can expand my awareness by “just being”…..without tech.
I think you’ll love what you discover during your un-technology retreat! I wrote a bunch, a long time ago about ways to explore this idea, and I have come to the realization that there is no perfect method to go about unplugging ourselves from technology. We truly are unique, I’m curious to know what works for you and what didn’t … Until then, may your heart be filled with warmth and happiness.
I’m dealing with this over whelming volume of stuff coming my way. Last week I disabled the “receive comments” on bog posts on many blogs I follow.
I like to read blog posts but I don’t have time to read or just delete the thousands of comments that fill my in box everyday.
Twitter has also dropped way down on my priorities list. I’ve also cut back on the number of TV shows I watch.
Its a slow, gradual, weeding out process isn’t it? Personally, fantasy sports and “mindless” apps have been killing me of late for whatever reason. Anyways, I feel you are heading down the right path, not the easiest path to take – but the most rewarding one when all is said and done. Take care mate and thank you for taking a moment to stop on over!
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Worth reading and reflecting
I sincerely appreciate you sharing – Thank you!!!
Superb post! Thank you for visiting-and following-my blog. It led me to yours. 🙂
Awesome! Take care today and be well. 🙂