Right relationship with technology
So many of us are longing to be able to co-exist happily with our devices, our email, and social media. But it can be challenging. There is sheer volume for one thing. Never in the history of the world has there been so much information to consume. Anything you could possibly conceive of is available at the click of a button or a scroll of your fingertips. It’s enticing but often also all consuming and overwhelming.
And then there’s the addiction. The hit of dopamine we get every time we see that email alert, the like on our Instagram post, or a new message waiting in our voice mail, is like a tiny dose of crack that lights up parts of our brain that make us feel good for a moment - and make’s us constantly want more.
We’re addicts. We don’t know what to do with ourselves.
So we scroll. Click. Like. Friend. Respond. It’s endless.
We just can’t help ourselves.
But in truth, we can. We can create a mindful relationship with technology that serves us instead of enslaving us. It is possible. To check emails only twice a day. To limit the amount of times you open the Instagram app on your phone instead of habitually checking it every time you pause. Of being discerning with the news feed and type and amount of media you consume.
It is possible, and it’s part of sacred living. Choosing what and how we use technology to support our lives, the way we want to live and how we want to interact with the world.
Set your intention, be selective, write it down, decide.
Take things off your phone. Turn off your email alerts, in fact turn off all alerts.
You decide when, where, how, how much. Take back control. Make it sacred.
I am discerning with my technology use.
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