For the past three days my partner and I have decided to make an adjustment to our “internet usage”.
Our starting point for this was to change how we use the internet which we observed had become abusive and diminishing in nature where a lot of how we were using it was for entertainment and distraction.
For me personally this has been something I have been wanting to do for a while but just never ventured to do. So the rules of our engagement were that we were to stop
“TV Series and Movies”
“Searching for Distraction”
“No Sports Highlights” (this one was more for me)
And that’s about it, and that we would take this on for 1 week.
I wanted to see how this would go and what I would do with myself.
Ultimately the point is to Support ourselves to develop Supportive Movement and to create a way to break from that automated behavior of just magnetically grabbing your phone and checking to see whats up, which does not bring the Most out of me.
So now when ever this experience or urge comes within me, I am faced with actually having to DECIDE what to do with myself and to make sure that that Decision is doing something supportive.
Its amazing actually how much time I wasted EVERY NIGHT on “mindless scrolling” and checking the hockey highlights.
So now instead of just going for the phone and sinking in, I have to be much more deliberate and aware within myself with regards to what I am going to do.
So we will walk the 1 week and see how it goes and see how we can adjust the point afterwards to make sure that we just don’t revert back to the old behavior.
So ya, so far it has been interesting in those moments where that urge comes up within me to “check my phone” and that desire to just scroll through my facebook because I don’t actually really want to have to Make a Decision with Awareness. So within doing this I can also support myself to overall Slow down and just be Here and check in with my experience and body instead of diverting my attention into my computer. So rather I can focus my attention on Myself, on HERE, on my Presence, on my Physical Body, and just Breath and Practice SELF AWARENESS where I see my internet use has definitely become a practice of Self Distraction and Separating myself as my attention from Myself. Even after just 3 days I have already noticed more of a Presence within myself during the Evenings which for me where the “problem periods” where I just get home from work and dive into the computer and only come up for air every now and then.
Definitely recommend to the Scrollers out there to give it a shot…..you know you want to.