Human Doings or Human Beings?

Presence…

The capacity to escape all stimuli of the lure towards the past or future, and to immerse into the moment. In the moment, you feel connection between your mind, body, and the ethereal realms that far precedes the limitations of time and space. Why is finding and returning to the present moment so pivotal to shifting your perspective towards life? Simply because this moment is truly all you have and to make the most of this moment is to transcend your past and ascend your future into more success and abundance. That’s why practicing mindfulness is so commonly used among the most successful people in the world like Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Oprah, and so many more. These successful, wise people understand the importance of giving each thing you do, all you have. Multitasking is something that the human race has integrated in order to cope with the large amounts of neural stimuli engaged by the age of information… but what is this large amount of data doing to the human brain, and is it possible that this new time filled with increasing demands in communication via technology causing an uprising in mental illnesses such as anxiety, and depression?

In the days of hunting and gathering, things were so simplified and easy to process for the mind. While you couldn’t call your grandmother who lived in another state when you pleased, you also weren’t having to deal with being on call to your entire contact list in your iPhone. Depression and anxiety simply weren’t as prevalent during these times… sure, there were people who were unhappy and destructive in their lives, but it’s certainly quite different than this global anxiety caused by being absorbed away from the present moment.

By no means am I denouncing the new advances in technology by making these statements, but rather striking a conversation as to how we can balance our lives to fit both technology and wellness into our lives.

Digital Detoxing

When you are constantly on your phone, you will find yourself scrolling down a newsfeed that becomes a black hole. Next thing you know it, you’ve been out of touch with the present moment and your surroundings for 30 minutes… Is this really a great way to be spending your time? And not only that, but is this healthy? The blue light that your phone, TV, and laptop emits actually is absorbed by your eyes as well as your skin. Blue light can cause under eye circles in the skin as well as minimizing the production of melatonin in the brain. Melatonin is a hormone that helps the body get ready for sleep at night, and also maintains the natural circadian rhythms. Excess of this blue light has demonstrated in studies on rats to cause obesity even when the rats were fed the same diet as those not introduced to this light. If you have an iPhone you can use the night shift setting to switch off blue light. I try to use mine even during the day time hours to minimize my dosage of unnatural lighting. If you have an Android or tablet you can download a blue light filter app to block out the blue light. Digital detoxing in general can help you tremendously in all facets of your life. I’ve done a couple week long digital detoxes within the past year and they’ve always helped me return to my center even more deeply than I expected. I noticed without my phone, Netflix, YouTube, social media, laptop, etc… I didn’t have anything syphoning my energy and attention elsewhere. All I had was the right now, and this led to me being capable of filling in my time more appropriately. I felt I had so much more time to do things when I wasn’t in constant demand of communicating with others. It may sound freaky at first to imagine not having a phone around you at all times, you may think you’d need it for something. It’s actually a good way of learning to do things differently and being less dependent on external devices. Believe me, they did it back in the 70’s, you can totally go a week with no phone. Try it out one week you don’t have much scheduled to do, commit yourself to that if you can or just do a few days. If that’s not a viable option because you work from a computer, set aside 2 hours before bed to do this every night. Notice how you feel as you relax into sleep without a hint of insomnia.

Mono-tasking

We are a society of multi-taskers, highly efficient robots designed to complete as many tasks as possible within a short frame of time. How about for a moment you go from a human doing, to a human being? And just BE. Our brains are designed to hold capacity of one thing at a time. If you introduce several things to focus on at once, something is going to fall short to error. “Nature does not rush and yet everything is completed on time.” You are not a robot, you are a force of nature. So practicing mindfulness as a form of meditation can be done wherever your at, with whatever you are doing. Just give your full attention and concentration to one task, object, conversation, or person. You’re mind will thank you by relaxing and relieving you of excess stress hormone production! It’s worth it.

Learning to live lovingly detached to the growing demands in communication brought among us by advances in technology will bring you balance and reduce your chances for burnout. All things in moderation!

Wishing you wellness and bliss,

Mindy Sheppard

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  1. gallantlygal

    It’s definitely important to live in the present. It’s always regretting the past or preparing for/dreading the future. Why do any of that when you can take action (even choosing to relax) in the now?
    Thanks for this lovely post!

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