Have you ever seen family members passing one another in the home with earbuds in, smart phone on and disconnected vacant looks on their faces? We may be spending physical time together but, are we really interacting in a healthy meaningful way?
Part of living a balanced life involves doing more of some things and less of others.
With so many nifty technological advances, we are finding ourselves over-run with excellent technology. Too much of anything can become a problem. And here’s the scary thing about it: We may not even know we are out of balance. We spend so much time in front of digital screens or listening to digitized sounds that we may not realize that digital fatigue has set in.
The answer to these problems is simple but not easy. Can we really stop using our online calendars, messaging services and social media marketing platforms? Not entirely. Yet, we can take breaks, even mini vacations. And this is important. Rebalancing our connections with people keeps us attuned to tangible truths that only exist when two people sincerely and earnestly communicate, face to face, knee to knee and heart to heart.
What is a tangible truth?
I hear your truth. I see your truth. I feel your truth. I am with you fully. In space and in love.
Can we experience such a truth via our technology? Is it easier with a hazy cloud of technological activity buzzing around us? Too much technology is distracting. It’s hard to appreciate a friend when we are stressed by competing stimulation. This is why a mini vacation from technology is healthy.
Many people are consciously hosting parties where technology is temporarily removed from the social setting. Cell phones are turned off. Stereos are turned off. LED lights are turned off. Instead, acoustic music is introduced, candles are lit and face to face conversation – even laughter is encouraged.
Try this out with friends or better yet, on your own.
Schedule some alone time and intentionally turn off your technology. Read a book, do something creative or even take a long warm bath. Try meditation. Create an opportunity to rest your brain.
Schedule an unhooked activity – hiking, gardening, cleaning, exercise. Turn off your tech while you enjoy this organic task.