Those of you on social media will have noticed how there’s this funny little feature that tells you what you’ve been up to a year ago, three, or even ten years ago if you’ve been on it that long.
I find this reminder both annoying and useful, depending on the state of mind I’m in and the place I’m at in my life.
For when times aren’t so great, a reminder of how good things were, the happy times, when we didn’t seem to have a care in the world (compared to now), it can seem like a bit of a slap in the face.
Yet when we’re in a good place, we can look back and think “wow, I’ve come a long way since then”, “things are so much better now”, maybe even a touch of “wow, what was I thinking?”.
Currently, I’ve relieved to say, I’m in the latter phase, and even just looking back at a year ago, I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and not regretting where I was back then.
This week I was reminded of the “digi-detox” I took myself off on to recharge my batteries. I remember feeling a sense of overwhelm, in desperate need of some “me time”, so I escaped to a caravan in a remote part of North Devon to switch off for a week.
It was an incredibly transformative week, where I really got to know myself, and like myself, a whole lot better. I’d walk for hours each day on the South West Coast Path, chatting happily to myself, until I ran out of “chat”, and my head cleared and I could just be in the moment, listening to the birds and soaking up the views.
For me, movement is my meditation, well at least, it’s the vehicle that gets me into a meditative state. I love to get the energy flowing in my body, to just observe the physicality of it, and to coordinate my breath with the movement, until the mind quiets and I feel in flow.
This is especially powerful when I’m in nature, away from all the busy-ness of life, the constant ping of my phone, and demands of other people and commitments.
To switch off to the outside world on a regular basis is an absolute must for me. It stops me suffering the stress and the overwhelm which leaves me drained and unmotivated.
Since that “digital-detox” last year where I literally disconnected myself from all technology, I have tried to make time each week to do the same, even if it’s just a long walk by myself with the phone off.
Afterwards I feel that I’m more alert, energised and more consciously aware of what’s going on around me. I make better decisions, I feel more, I’m more in tune with my intuition, and I generally feel more alive.
It’s like I’m stripping away all the distractions that take me away from my true self, and I can really be me, and embrace the world more authentically and enthusiastically.
It’s called “re-wilding the senses”, and now I’ve learned it, I’ve started putting it into my work. My classes, whenever possible, are held outside, in natural surroundings. The retreats I run now have a “wild” theme now, based on the concept of “the closer to nature we are, the healthier we are”.
I want to share how simple it can be to feel good. We need to regularly tune out, get away from the noise and the pounding of the treadmill. This is where we find ourselves.
“In your silence, when there are no words, no language, no one else present, you are getting in tune with existence”.
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