By David Romanelli
I picked up a recent Newsweek, the cover of which touted the Ipad. The writer blushed about the convenience of a gadget that lets you email, watch movies, and read books anywhere you go. “Really?” I thought. “Another gadget?”
There’s a global epidemic getting worse by the day…we are totally overwhelmed with information. I wrote a book about it, teach workshops about it, give speeches about it. But all the while, I’ve kinda known I’ve been a little full of it. I’ve remained connected on my iPhone FB status updating, emailing and calling. Not to say there’s anything wrong with any of the above. But there have been one too many instances where I've been having lunch with my 91-year-old grandma when I’ve been one foot in the moment and one hand on the iPhone.
So this week, I gave it up. In a time when technology is getting better, faster, more convenient, and more efficient, I’m downgrading. I’m getting rid of my iPhone for some second rate Toshiba that does not have email or Internet capability. It does feel like a step backward, but maybe that’s not so bad?
Is it just me or do you also long for the times when, waiting in line, you could actually talk to the person in front of you, rather than sort through emails on your Smartphone? Is it just me or do you wonder what life would be like if you could only be reached during work hours instead of every freakin’ moment of every single day?!
Here are 3 steps we can all take to RECLAIM OUR LIVES:
1. Embrace a day of rest
“Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth. On the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.” Abraham Heschel
Whether it’s a complete day or simply a chunk of a day, there’s got to be some sacred part of our lives. In this sacred period, we turn off the gadgets and use that time to rest, to dream, to play with our kids, partners and pets (in no particular order) without stopping to answer a call or respond to a text.
2. Set an example
“Children do not need your presents. They need your presence.” Anonymous
While “being connected” is really only about 15 years old and adults can faintly remember a time before we had an email address, from day 1, kids have grown up understanding “Y? bothA ritN ful sentces?" to mean “Why bother writing full sentences?” If our kids see us taking the time to step back and quite literally smell the roses, they too might see life as more than a pile of information and fun as more than the latest video game.
3. Try the “Beautiful, Funny, Delicious” Mantra
“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…jolted by every pebble in the road.” Henry Beecher
So many days go by where we fail to remember a single moment. Do you remember what you did a week ago Wednesday? How about two nights ago for dinner? So each day, see if you can have one beautiful moment, one funny moment, one delicious moment. By “beautiful,” actually take the time to watch a sunset or check out a full moon. By “funny,” allow yourself to laugh at things that might normally stress you out. By “delicious,” dare to indulge once a day in something wonderful…a chocolate truffle, a spicy olive, a sweet peach.
Since 2004, David Romanelli has been traveling the world sharing his Yoga for Foodies, Yoga + Chocolate, and Yoga + Wine experiences. His debut book Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy through Wine, Chocolate, and Your Ipod Playlist reached #1 on the Amazon.com Self-Help Bestseller List. David is co-founder of At One Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ. Check out his website: www.yeahdave.com
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