Today, I would like to share with you a very inspiring guest post by one of my readers, her name is Ola Rasmy. When she sent me this article, I LOVED it! And I thought that it is definitely worth sharing today, instead of our weekly midway simplicity tips.
Enjoy reading it and please let Ola knows what you think in the comments.
Mahatma Gandhi was asked to describe an ideal lifestyle and he responded by saying, “Simple Living and High Thinking”.
How far are we from Gandhi’s lifestyle?!
We actually live in:
- Competition, but would rather experience and enjoy cooperation.
- Fear, but would really like to enjoy trust.
- Exploitation, deprivation, and deception, but would really like to enjoy passion and self fulfillment.
- Materialism, but would really like to experience spirituality.
- Corruption, but would really like to enjoy honesty and integrity.
- Hatred, but would really like to experience and enjoy tolerance.
- Stress, but would really like to experience contentment and inner peace.
- Anger, but would really like to experience kindness.
- Selfishness, but would really like to enjoy contribution and community service.
Something has drastically gone wrong.
How have we gotten so much astray from our basic living needs and rights?
By insisting on our flashy, affluent, meaningless, passionless, and noisy lifestyles, we have become screen addicted, in other words addicted to noise and distraction. We miss a place for reflection, deep thinking, to get in touch with our inner voice, with our passion. Many of us stare at computer screens all day every day. Everyone carries a cell phone, or two. We e-mail, chat, and text. At home, screens come in all forms, shapes, and noises.
Assess and reflect on yourself:
- Count the number of screens in your life.
- Calculate how much time you spend with each screen.
- What percentage is for important, engaging activities versus being wasted on mindless or thought-destroying surfing?
- How many texts do you send and receive per day?
- How many of those texts make a valuable contribution to your life?
- How much television do you watch?
- How many times do you check your e-mail?
- How much time do you spend in activities that enriches your mind?
- How much time do you spend reading each week?
- How much time do you spend in meditation?
- How much do you connect with your family?
If your answer to the last 4 questions were minimal then you are screen addicted.
What can you do?
- Create solitude and enjoy the sound of silence. Create within your home havens of solitude—areas free of noise, distractions and screens. In a nutshell “we need to disconnect to connect.”
- Make a time budget or schedule for your media consumption.
- Engage your mind with a reading list of quality books that will inspire your mind. Aspire to inspire before you expire.
- Keep a journal. Express your goals, dreams, regrets or anything interesting you encountered during the day.
- Instead of emailing, write a handwritten letter to a friend or loved one.
- Take walks in nature. Nothing inspires original, creative and deep thinking like a walk among nature.
- Take up a hobby that encourages solitude and meditation, like gardening, painting, or fishing.
- Meditate regularly especially in the early morning hours. Your company will be the birds and afresh morning breeze.
Picture yourself in this Life experience:
A family began turning off all their screens on weekends and not switching them on until the beginning of the week. For the entire weekend, the family was disconnected from the Internet and the digital crowd. By maintaining this weekend routine, the family gradually bonded and grew closer.
Wouldn’t you want to experience this kind of transformation?
You are worth it.
Make time to apply some of these tips bit by bit, but with DEPTH…..
Diligence, Enthusiasm, Patience, Tolerance, and Humility
I hope this article touches you as much as it did me.
*Photo Credit: by olga.palma