The Power of Unplugging

Published Apr 26 2012

As a blogger, writer and lover of knowledge I enjoy spending time online but lately I have found that my interest and my focus is dissapating in the later hours of the day.

By the time 8 o’clock is rolling around I’m tired of my computer screen, tired of connecting and just plain tired. But I’ve been forcing myself to plow through. To keep at it because as the new Managing Editor of BodiMojo and because of my own blog I’ve been feeling like it’s necessary for me to be connected 24/7.

But I just got a wake up call from Jen, creator of Roots of She, in a self-care video that was delivered to my inbox this morning. It’s only 4 minutes long but it got my attention and I began to write this immediately after (which is kinda ironic and funny).

Essentially, she talks about how she limits the amount of time she spends online and by limiting that area of her life she feels more free in other areas. She feels like she has more time, more energy, more focus and more positivity. By giving herself the gift of stillness she’s a better person and it made me realize that my constant connection may be the root of my recent reluctance and procrastination.

Lately I’ve felt like I’ve been battling through every to-do list and have been fighting my way through tasks that would normally be easy breezy.

So Jen, you’ve got my attention and I whole heartedly agree.

Going forward I’m going to start cutting down on my “plugging in time” and focus more on me time.

Like she said, it starts with baby steps, so for the rest of the month I’m going to turn off all my electronics at 9 AM. I’m hoping to use this time to read all of the books that have been piling up on my nightstand (like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The Fire Starter Sessions). I’m hoping to do some sketching and journaling and yoga and snuggling. I’m just hoping to breathe a little easier and hopefully sleep a little sounder.

Thanks Jen for being so inspirational. I look forward to future e-courses and emails from you!

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Oh, and this week is National Park week so check out all of the parks that are free that usually charge entrance fees.

Other free dates include:

  • January 14-16
    Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • June 9
    Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12
    Veterans Day weekend

And here’s a great list of all the free parks in the country: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm. Enjoy your time outdoors – it refreshes the soul and the spirit.