Unplug

What (if anything) do you miss the most about life before the digital age?
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“Face to face conversations. Children playing outside.” -Richard Saling

“I miss actual phone conversations. People only want to Facebook and text! No one wants to have phone conversations anyone it seems.” -Angel Spikes

“QUIET movie theatre experiences….and yes…vinyl records (which I still collect).” -Greg Hale

“Seclusion” -Brian Tromburg

“Wonder. Before the Internet you would wonder about everything. Now you can just look it up.” -Matthew Green

“The happy ignorance of not knowing how genuinely crazy some of my friends and family are.” -Todd Wilson

More of what our readers miss from before the digital age

I considered fleeing to a remote island for a few weeks, but I realized I wasn’t craving physical escape. I didn’t actually want to be alone. I just wanted to be mentally free of obligations, most of which asserted themselves in some digital fashion.
I love my devices and services, and I love being connected to the global hive mind. I am neither a Luddite nor a hermit, but I am more aware of the price we pay: lack of depth, reduced accuracy, lower quality, impatience, selfishness, and mental exhaustion, to name but a few. In choosing to digitally enhance, hyperconnect, and constantly share our lives, we risk not living them…
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Baratunde Thurston 

From his piece #Unplug: Baratunde Thurston left the internet for 25 days, and you should too.

Here’s more about #unplugging

Sometimes it’s okay to unplug, Step outside breathe in the fresh air, go for a walk or hike, dance in the rain, take your headphones out and listen to nature instead. The best things in life are  honestly the most simple, love, friendship, family, good conversations, a hug, a kiss, holding hands, nature. 

Enjoy the Mother Goddess <3

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Sometimes, it feels like my whole life is on the Internet. It’s not, of course, unless one of you put a sleep cam in my room, in which case, YES I WEAR A RETAINER AT NIGHT AND I SNORE MYSELF AWAKE.

Aaron and I are good about our phones. We try to keep them from places like the dinner table and the bedroom (besides as our alarm clocks, we’re not animals), we avoid using them in front of the baby unless we’re using it to take his photo (or in extreme cases of bribery like a cross-country flight).

But it’s still a constant presence. Our jobs (as a Social Media Marketer and an Interactive Designer) revolve around the Internet. Our eyeballs spend most of the day glued to some sort of screen. Our thumbs are in danger of carpal tunnel from liking things on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

So I turned it off, all of it.

For 7 days in the North Woods with my entire family, I deleted every app and email account from my phone. I read a pile of great books. I listened to conversations with my whole self (unless I was reading, in which case I ignored everyone). I thought my own thoughts and soaked up my family instead of the glow of my phone. When I wanted to write, I used my notebooks until my hand cramped up.

I realized how reflexive it all is, to turn to this tempting little device in moments of free time, how it’s siren call can stop me mid-sentence to attend to it.

I’m back now (duh) with more respect for this wonderful tool that can bring so much good into my world (all of you) but can also steal me away from so much good (the handsome boys I live with).

I love you, Internet.

xo,

Nora

Here are four things that Baratunde Thurston realized during his 25-day hiatus from the internet:

1. I had become obsessed with The Information.

2. I shared too much.

3. I was addicted to myself.

4. I forsook the benefits of the Industrial Age.

“The greatest gift I gave myself was a restored appreciation for disengagement, silence, and emptiness. I don’t need to fill every time slot with an appointment, and I don’t need to fill every mental opening with stimulus.”

I remember when we first moved we didn’t have internet and I felt drawn to unplug which inspired the idea for the book. Then life got in the way and I forgot about how important it can be to disconnect and just be present with yourself. Focused. Conscious awareness is crucial for these upcoming energies. I believe unplugging helps a lot for those struggling. I’ve been deeply being drawn to unplug and stay present with myself because I think it helps the mind distress, stay centered and especially helps keep your focus!

 This energy is rampant, chaotic, kundalini magic but it needs a container otherwise you will just spiral into yourself. Technology such as cellphones, television, tablets, video games and the like are emitting low frequency wavelengths that have negative ions. In moderation it is fine but people who are compulsive, obsessive and need to stare at their phone ever five minutes need a wake up call that by doing this you are disconnected from your present reality

Everything is a distraction from the truth. These artificial realities we FEED on constantly are merely illusions that get the brain to think in the past and future where our thoughts are not aligned in present thinking. These frequencies transfer to low alpha waves which increases suggestibility and the imagination of daydreaming. While it can be constructive and a place to communicate there is also a borderline where you are falling into  a trance when you compulsive reach for Technology over your mind first. 

Itis everywhere we can’t escape it, everyone uses the internet. However these technologies we are creating are merely symbols for what the mind is truly capable of…take time to unplug even for an hour or two then notice the difference in your moods and outlook. Its amazing how we don’t even realize the suggestibility as we all fall into talking behind barriers and staring at screens instead of talking to one another. The internet is a great resource tool and I wouldn’t be who I am today without it but I’m finding moderation is key for these new energies are trying to show us to stop living in the past and projecting onto people. Instead find beautiful focus in your present reality.