When our time is spent living out our passion, it shapes our daily lives. Taking a break from or phones, computers, and binge-watching TV allows us to really grasp what moves us by cutting through the noise of distraction. When we shift our focus from the filters and projections of life to living it, we clean the slate of busyness, making us more receptive to living fully in the moments that construct our lives.
Saying NoSaying “no” is one of my favorite things to do lately. This is partially because I used to be so bad at it and partially because of FOMO. Sometimes, I take a full day away from my phone and computer—literally turning them off—to break from my norm. Turning away from social media updates, news feeds, and emails has become a large part of my energetic survival. Saying “no” is really saying “yes” to myself. During this unplugged time, I move based on how I feel, and act based on what is needed in the moment. I eat, sleep, play, tend my garden, and clean my house based on what I am inspired by: feeling adventurous, sitting still to watch the clouds move, taking a hike.
Saying “no” is really saying “yes” to myself.Remember when playing outside was only interrupted due to the weather, or your friend leaving, or getting in trouble? Rather than interrupting the moment to shout it out on social media and pinning in to cyber-reality, I am present for what is happening instantaneously. It also makes me more aware of how addicting technology has become—when I'm unplugged at least part of the time, I'm aware of the moments that I reach for my phone unnecessarily, or when I'm getting antsy amid the quiet. Unplugging also gives my eyes a break from the LED shimmer of social persuasion; it releases my wrists and spine from the an unnatural posture that nearly all of us spend too much time in.