For my first today, I chose to go off-grid and not use any electronics. No smartphone, no computer, no social media, no TV and so forth. I posted the intention yesterday on Facebook and received good feedback and encouragement for the venture. This morning, I opted to act.
When I woke up, I promptly turned my phone off. I normally turn on the Roku & TV to play Zen Garden on Pandora as I burn incense and do my morning centering routine. Today, it was just the incense.
It has been a rather refreshing day today. I focused on some project activities and got some great ideas documented. I found myself more tuned in to inner guidance & intuition as my awareness was not getting fragmented & diverted by an onslaught of messages on a multitude of disparate topics.
I did turn my phone on briefly while I was camped out at a Starbucks in Long Beach NY while Sue did some work duties. It was solely for her to reach me if needed and to coordinate meeting up. Shortly after, it was turned off again.
While at Starbucks, I did read my Kindle for a while. I didn’t consider this a violation of the ‘off-grid protocol’ as it was not interactive and, to my mind, was the same as reading a physical book.
When I got home, I prepared dinner and after cleaning up, prepared my work clothes and did some more coloring in Amy Scott Grant’s Patterns of Purpose coloring book.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed being unplugged today and will add it to my weekly self-care regimen. I will redefine the rules to allow things such as listening to music via Pandora. I was reminded of what Thich Nhat Hanh said about activities such as watching TV (or most anything): Be Mindful. If there is no tangible value to an activity, why allow it in your space? I will practice this with everything.