I have spent the past week on a small Scottish island with my family, completely without any technology. It has been bliss.
Sometimes I feel as though technology: phones, social media, my laptop… take over my life. I often feel as though I am using them and it isn’t my choice. What I mean by this is that I can quite happily go days without looking at my phone, but I feel as though I need to in order to ‘keep up’.
I don’t know why I feel like this and if others do as well, but I know it isn’t good. To be doing something unconsciously and not out of your own choice is very diss-empowering. We should be wary of any unconscious behaviour and make sure we stay mindful to what we are doing, always.
So I had a weeks holiday in Scotland with my family and there was no wifi. I thought I would just give myself a much needed break and stay away from any technology. Not even thinking about it. This was quite easy for me. I turned my phone off and that was it. Some people might have to practice a little more self restraint not to check their phone, but I assure you it is totally worth it.
The first thing I noticed was that I was a lot more present. Instead of looking at a screen and zoning out of what was actually going on around me, I found I was fully there. This meant I was more present with the people around me and had a much better time. I also felt I had a lot more time because I wasn’t wasting it checking instagram and mindlessly looking at my phone.
Next I found that I was a lot more satisfied with myself at the end of the day. Everything I had done during the day was my conscious choice, and I also just felt better reading instead of watching anything on my laptop, for example. I felt like I was achieving everything I wanted too whilst still relaxing and enjoying my holiday.
Finally I just felt more connected to nature. I was outside more, breathing fresh air and really appreciating the world in front of me. I didn’t see it through a screen. I saw it through my own eyes and it was beautiful.
This has been something I have thoroughly enjoyed doing: taking time away from the internet just to be. I think I would like to do it more often, every month perhaps? It is so liberating just to escape from that ‘world’ for a bit and actually enjoy your own.
I find it strange how on social media we are so concerned with everyone else’s lives and what they are doing, when often we don’t even know what is going on in our own.
Taking time to reflect on this is the best thing you can do.
You have accepted everything up until now. Start questioning. Doubting. – Osho.