Many brides' natural reaction is to demand an unplugged wedding. As in, give up your smartphone at the door. NO PAPARAZZI PUHLEEZ! The problem with that approach is that you can come off as quite the bridezilla - telling people when they can and can't use their phones.
The floor, after all, is for foot traffic. It's hard... needs a good cleaning, and is much farther away from our derrières than the comfy sofa. The floor has a bad rep. But as a movement therapist, I have learned that the floor is my friend. Here are three reasons why:
Often a hectic schedule is invigorating to me. I like the feeling that comes with doing what I've decided to do, pursuing goals, solving problems and overcoming obstacles, one by one. But this particular week hadn't felt productive -- just busy. Was I really going anywhere? Or was I just running in circles?
The first problem with traveling and technology is the plugs. If a traveler, like me, forgets to bring an outlet converter
One yoga class is 1.5 hours, which is about 6.25 percent of your day. That's an hour and a half away from your iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop, television and other electronic devices. Does the thought of unplugging stress y'all out? It shouldn't.
Technology can only enrich our lives to the degree that we can stay present with ourselves and each other. I have to remind myself that I can still love my phone, but it will never love me back. The only "access" I need is to myself and the people that matter most. Everything else can wait.
Although the majority of the course requires active listening and students use online resources for much of their course work, the "unplugged" journal assignment invites students to avoid screens for 24 hours and write about their experience.
If you walk into our house after dinner, you'll see five people each staring at a screen. How can I get my family to unplug and spend some down time together?
Hike. Meditate. I didn't do either of them seriously until I hit my 40s. Still not "perfect" at either, but much less afraid of them now than I was decades ago. Yes, more skillful.
The point is, when you are not watching television and thinking about inane things like how on earth someone could give birth nineteen times and still be walking around or how a human being could not notice she had a cat carcass rotting on her living room floor, your world opens up a bit.