Let’s get mindful about how we live moment to moment
While there are many ways to get mindful and to practice mindfulness, there are two methods that I find to be the most practical, curious, joyful, quiet, and human.
Analogue is utilizing tactile tools to express, to observe, and to document the beautiful and not so beautiful experiences of human life. It’s becoming a lost art to write, to doodle, and to observe and put to paper our thoughts and ideas. I know, I know, write stuff down? On paper? Isn’t paper wasteful?? I think ignoring our life is wasteful. And notebooks are not designed to be tossed after we write in them after all. One also shouldn’t forget that storing our photos, videos, and social media accounts also takes energy and resources too. It all comes down to how we value and use the materials and resources we consume.
Next is listening. Listening is observing and documenting in within our minds and hearts. It’s a practice of rewiring and reshaping our actions and reactions towards things. Meditation is the main tool of listening. Meditation is the practice of applying mindfulness (our attention) and listening in order to develop a relationship with our mind and the world around us. When we do this we develop new habits that can steer us away from over-distraction and keep us content and easeful in our daily lives.
Both of these facets require us to stretch our attention and imagination.
Both require us to use our time a little differently.
We need space.
Social media is a tool.
Don't rely on it.
Rely on your own
In your mind, heart, and actions.
I grew up in a time between two worlds. One without smartphones, social media, push button shopping, scrolling, and immediate interaction with anyone across the planet to a life with all those things.
Growing up I had space for creativity & boredom, patience, and a natural excitement that happened when you received a letter in the mail from a relative or friend.
While writing this, almost every other person walking by the window has a phone in their hand and looking down. I'm certainly not immune from this condition. I've become aware of this addiction in my own daily habits so much so that I have started to disengage from my phone on a whole new level.
But don't get me wrong, I love technology. I love being able to share and connect and even develop beautiful friendships with others that live far away. But we need balance. We need boundaries. We need some privacy.
Social media is a powerful tool, but also a giant distraction.
Downsizing Social Media
I want to invite you this week to take a pause from social media. I think social media is an amazing tool for sharing stories, ideas, and our passions. At the same time, we have to remember that it is just a tool and the lives and relationships we live and create away from our screens is so important. A study from GlobalWebIndex indicates that the average internet user spends 2+ hours on social media per day! Eek! Guilty!
Let’s take a pause this week:
Pick a social outlet to step away from for a period of time - either for 24 hours or up to a week! Log out and delete your app from your phone.
While you break:
Start a new low-waste habit and document it by taking photos (not posting) or writing about the changes.
Take a friend for tea or take yourself!
Write a real letter to someone!
Spend time with family.
Start a small notebook and document your day with short “Tweet” size writings, doodles, art, collage, and ideas.
Learn to cook one new low-waste and plant-based meal.
Read a book.
Volunteer somewhere if possible.
Pick up trash!
Start a local book club or low-waste meet up!
Rethink and reshape your habits offline and online. Notice how often we are nudged on social media to buy something new, or how we feel emotionally to others lifestyles that don’t match our own. Social media should be a place to learn, explore, be inspired and to share our stories! Not a place to feel guilty about what we are “doing” or “not doing.”
Make some space and enjoy!