Finding Idle Contentment

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Distracted from distraction by distraction.
— T.S. Eliot

Distraction From What Matters Most

 

To be idle and not reach down to your phone for some solace.

Pause for a moment and think about that.

We've all gotten really good at not feeling; not feeling bored, not feeling uncomfortable, not feeling sad, not feeling anxious, and just about anything that challenges us to have to look within to deal with life.  Most of us are sucked into this small screen that has got our FULL attention and has somehow managed to steal many moments of life from us.  

This may sound dramatic and yes I am dramatic, but I feel as though I'm walking around in the twilight zone anymore. I'm so done with being a sheep being lead by machines and not my own mind or intuition.  So, I'm following the lead @http://www.homesongblog.com/ to take the month of January off of social media and retreat within.  Follow along if you like.  I've decided to start a little early because I've been in need of this for a very long time now.  

Right after I posted my goodbye pic on Instagram I quickly made my way to the library to find a few books to read.  With no direction, I stumbled upon a great book by Nancy Colier, The Power Of Off, The Mindful Way To Stay Sane In A Virtual World.  The first sentence of the introduction became my mantra- "The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing." ~ said Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.  I think for me with this social media addiction I've lost my way with what is most important in my life and found my way into others' most important. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy sharing my love of yoga and how its transformed my life.  My issue is turning to the phone so much throughout the day that I'm starting to miss out on my own life and the lives of the ones I love the most.  

It really is like going down the rabbit hole.  I feel as though I'm endlessly searching to find me or my purpose on a screen.  Have I not spent enough alone time with myself to know myself?  What the hell am I running away from?  What is more important than NOW?  All great questions I'm asking myself and maybe you should be asking yourself too.  

So, I'm off to feeling all the feelings and tapping into some fierce intuition.  I'd love to think that maybe this break will lead to me figuring out some huge soul-searching questions I've had, but like the saying goes... It's not the destination, it's the journey.  

Deep sigh of relief...............

 10 degrees out and the beauty of this fungi persist. White Lake, NJ

10 degrees out and the beauty of this fungi persist. White Lake, NJ