Part of slowing down is also about being present.
It’s about showing up for your life without the constant distractions of the phone, computer, or daily to-do lists.
As a part of the slowing down process, I’m experimenting with creating a life where I am more present. Not only when I meditate or take a bath where it’s easy to relax, but also during busy times at busy places.
I wanted to do this experiment for people who couldn’t make the Slow Down Retreat. When we take small consistent steps towards slowing down, the process takes on it’s own momentum. Recently, I shared a 1 minute breathing technique that allows you to connect with your body. It’s something you can while do sitting in front of the computer or while walking. I want to expand one minute to 2 hours. This week’s challenge is to take a break from your phone.
The goal: to be more present wherever you’re at.
We’re attached our phones (for good reason: work and life matters). Our phones help us be connected and productive. Recently my Yoga teacher said something that inspired me,
“Let your phone spend some time in child’s pose. It will let you and your phone disconnect for a moment.”
I decided to try it out. I headed to yoga and left my phone behind. Usually on my way to class, I’m emailing, texting, Vibering, Skype-ing,Whatsapping, and a million others ings. Right up until class starts I’m staring at my phone and immediately when class ends, I’m back on my phone.
Today I was leaving my phone in child’s pose.
I started walking to class. I was feeling anxious without it.
Until I noticed a new restaurant on the way. When had it gone in? I hadn’t noticed it before.
I noticed that the flowers were starting to bloom again. Spring was finally here. When did that happen? I made eye contact with a tourist walking down the street. She smiled at me. I smiled back. Human interaction, it felt good.
I realized how much I was missing by only looking at my phone. By the time I got back from yoga, I had taken a decent two hour break from my iPhone. And everything was fine. I really hadn’t missed that much. The world didn’t burn down. My clients didn’t all decide to leave. Most importantly, I had spent the last two hours being PRESENT. Really present. It allowed me the opportunity to slow down, to do one thing at a time.
So here’s my challenge for you: Leave your phone behind one time this week. For 30 minutes or an hour or two. Maybe when you run to get lunch or if you go on a walk. Leave your phone at home and experience being present.
Are you in?