I’ve been to a number of loud concerts and have noticed as I was leaving my whole body and mind continued to vibrate, this vibration sometimes continued for hours afterward especially the vibration of my mind. Thinking about this vibration effect weeks or even months later started me wondering whether our minds and bodies also take away a vibration effect from everyday exposure to computers, smart phones and the plethora of electronic gadgets we are plugged into. Are we ignoring the possibility of technological overexposure?
I’m not sounding an alarm nor am I secretly harboring an anti-technology basis when I wonder about overexposure to the always on culture we now live in. At the root of a successful Dialogue practice is the quieting of the mind and the leveling of our emotions so that we are able to Suspend Judgment and Challenge our Assumptions about what’s being said and expressed within the Dialogue group. Breaking free and unplugging ourselves on a regular basis is at the heart of a practice to get in touch with not only the group but also getting in touch with current reality and our creative selves.
Until recently the first thing I would do each morning after making the coffee was to sit at my computer and read 4 or 5 news sources bookmarked in my browser. I would sip my coffee while reading about what’s changed and what’s not changed (hint: everything changes). Once I finished the news I’d jump in the shower where I would plan out my day. Now after I make the coffee I sit in a chair and sip that coffee while looking out a window, I look at the sky, the trees and listen to the low noise of traffic as the world wakes. Occasionally I will read a paragraph or a poem (in a book) that helps me remember what’s important to me in this life, I’ll finish my coffee with a smile and nod to the scene outside my window and only then will I shower. The news can wait for a couple more hours.
Unplugging Ourselves has been written and talked about quite a bit over the last decade, some of the chatter about unplugging is well thought out while much of the soundbite medias take on the subject has of course been of the “sky is falling” variety. In the list below I’ve collected 10 posts from different individuals who belong to the former variety, and I think you’ll enjoy reading a few at least.
Please comment, or tweet using #dialoguecreates with your thoughts and takes on unplugging ourselves.[listly id=”abz” layout=”magazine” show_header=”true” show_author=”true” show_sharing=”false” show_tools=”false” per_page=”25″]
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