Recently I have been contemplating how connected I am. I’m not talking about my connections with friends and family, I’m talking about my continuous connection to the world via social media With my wonderful smart phone, I am constantly connected via email, text and Facebook. It occurs to me that while I have made many changes in my life to increase my mindfulness, my smartphone continues to be a hindrance to this.
I cancelled my cable to decrease my TV time. I have committed to my daily meditation practice and have incorporated mindful moments into my day. However, I still find that when moments of downtime arise, rather than sit with myself for a moment, I instinctively reach for my phone to see what’s happening in Facebook-ville. I have done a pretty good job in designing my newsfeed to pump in lots of uplifting, spiritual and happy posts, but even so, this habit interferes with my ability to just sit in silence. I often find myself so distracted by my newsfeed that I lose productivity in areas of my life that I truly enjoy. Now, Facebook isn’t all evil. It has allowed me to reconnect with people that I may never have connected with and it is a great vehicle for sharing pictures and stories with family and friends. However, I have realized that, overall, I allow the negative to outweigh the positive.
As I contemplate this, I realize that I give up moments of my life to Facebook. It is almost an addiction; that I might miss something…and because of this addition, I miss a whole lot…of real life.
Because I think there is a positive side to Facebook, both personally and for my business, I am not considering deleting my account and forgoing it completely. I am, however, going to seriously alter my use of it.
My first thought was to allow myself to check Facebook only 3 times a day, but I fear that might be a bit too severe…and I believe in making small changes (we tend to be more successful with small baby steps). In order to know where to start, I need to get an idea of where I’m starting from. For the next couple of days, I’m going to keep track of how many times I check Facebook. I will simply put a sticky note on the back of my phone and mark it every time I pick up my phone to check Facebook. Once I have a base line, I will slowly start to decrease the number, until I’m down to a fairly low number that I think is more appropriate. (I have no idea what that number will be).
Do you have an addiction to social media…Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or your RSS feed? Would you like to join me in decreasing the distraction and increasing connection to the real world around you and connection to yourself? I urge you to make this change. It doesn’t have to be big, in fact it’s better if you just start small! Disconnect, just a little at a time!
Ironically, I urge you to connect with me on Facebook. Where, during the specific time when we mindfully chose to connect, we can support each other in making better choices for ourselves!
Holistic Wellness is about balancing Body, Mind, Heart and Soul.
It is my mission to support you in this effort! If there is a specific topic you would like to hear about, let me know! (you can contact me via my website - www.holisticwellnesswithtracy.com )
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.