Screen Addiction: Disconnect To Connect

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.

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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

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I hope this article touches you as much as it did me.

 

*Photo Credit: by olga.palma

22 Responses to Screen Addiction: Disconnect To Connect

  1. ZenPresence.com October 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I try to practice this often. I have no television, but do at times spend too much time on the internet. When I find that I am over stimulated, I try to uplug for a few days.

    Beautifully written article and great reminder.

    Thanks,
    Dan Garner
    ZenPresence.com

    • Ola October 7, 2012 at 12:23 am #

      Thank you Dan for your comment…This was my first and not last article and you were my first and hopefully not my last one to comment. I could never thank Tohami enough for having me on his blog. I checked out your blog and will make time to read the various posts. I love it already.
      I am glad we have unplugging in common….
      Thank you
      Ola

    • Mohamed Tohami October 7, 2012 at 12:59 am #

      Thanks Dan. I believe Ola is leading a very inspiring life without too many screens :)

  2. Donovan | Simply Living Simple October 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    This is something I’ve been working on for the last year and your article inspires me to a new level.

    I often think about where I am and where I desire to be within several areas of my life – and your article touched on a very significant point. The screen has captured our attention to a point of unconsciousness.

    It has taken the place of far too many meaningful moments in life.

    Thank you.

    • Ola October 7, 2012 at 12:30 am #

      Dear Donovan
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my very first article. I was so grateful that the words were able to touch somebody’s life somehow. I agree with you on the “point of unconsciousness”. I see it as living on “auto-pilot” or “sleep-walking” and when we unplug it is like waking up from a deep sleep.

      May your life be filled with meaningful moments and zero “auto-piloting” moments.

      Warm regards,
      Ola

    • Mohamed Tohami October 7, 2012 at 1:01 am #

      Yes! Screens replaced what is truly important in our lives. How many times we order our kids to go play alone, because we’re following a certain TV series or having something important to check on the internet.

  3. Mark October 5, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Beautiful piece.

    I agree we need to make time and space for ourselves and our loved ones.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and suggestions.

    And great choice of a guest post.

    • Mohamed Tohami October 7, 2012 at 1:04 am #

      It is an excellent post indeed. I am so grateful to Ola for sending me this great inspiring piece. I asked her to keep sending me her awesomeness.

      Happiness is all about doing what we love and spending more time with who we love.

  4. Ola October 7, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Dear Mark

    Thank you for reading and commenting….I really appreciate it.
    Sharing is caring , so let’s keep on sharing thoughts and suggestions.

    Warm regards,
    Ola

  5. Mohamed Zein October 7, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    A wonderful piece from a wonderful woman I know :)
    Ola is a great person with unlimited capabilities and extraordinary positive attitude.
    Despite the fact that this is her first product, and I’m sure it is not going to be the last, she is adopting the concept and applying it and she is honest in what she said. She is a TV averse and always discloses her enmity to it 
    Way to go Ola and one day I will be reading your first, and not the last, book in simplicity and lifestyle enhancement 

    • Mohamed Tohami October 7, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      I totally agree with you Mohamed. She is very inspiring indeed. I believe she can write a great book on simplicity and screen addiction.

      • Ola October 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

        Dear Tohami,

        You keep showering me with your warm and sincere comments….I am speechless….let me just tell you that you are making a huge difference in my life and the people around me…..at work , in the classes I teach….your name and blog always pop up because what you believe in and aspire is so vital and human necessity…..

        Stay firm on your path ….

    • Ola October 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Dear Zein,

      Kind and warm words from a kind gentleman ….Thank you Zein….Thank you for reading, commenting, and believing in me…means the world to me.

  6. Hend October 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Ola….thank you so much…that was really inspiring….keep up

    • Ola October 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      Thank you Hend…for reading and commenting….I am glad you used the word “inspiring” since this is one of my aims when writing and sharing thoughts ….I so much believe in ” Aspire to inspire before you expire”.

  7. Marwa October 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Very Excellent article, we really need to “disconnect to connect” even with our self.

    luckily

    • Ola October 8, 2012 at 12:31 am #

      Dear Marwa,

      My enmity to screens started with TV only but with technology bombarding us with more screens I had to show my dislike to screens in general and call it screen addiction. We can’t eliminate screens from our lives but we can certainly become aware of their harm and try to budget our encounter with them.
      Best of luck to you in disconnecting to connect.

  8. Noha October 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    People like you are few, That’s why I look up at you & I will always do,
    Because I believe in you.
    Keep it up….I’m soooooooooo proud of you. :)

    • Ola October 8, 2012 at 12:26 am #

      Dear Noha,
      words like yours are precious like diamonds and are life provisions for people who want to aspire to inspire before they expire. You know how much I love that quote….

  9. your mother,mona October 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    As beeing your mother,I have been very astonished you have this big amount of skills in writing , thinking and meditating.Ola ,I fully agree that our come together is left unfortunately at minimum. I will try to change this. Thank you for your beautiful alarm. I hope this artikel will not be the last.I enjoyed very much reading it. I feel very proud of you!
    Thanks, your mam

  10. Online Gym Classes December 13, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    I think that most people watch too much TV, or on social media too much and basically waste too much time. Go out for a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature meet up with friends…humans have become to connected to the wrong things and disconnected with what’s important

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