Helping People Celebrate Body, Mind, and Spirit!
Contemporary culture has brought us fantastic technological breakthroughs that allow us to communicate, learn, and advance in ways we never could have imagined 20 years ago. But it has also opened the doors to many bad habits that have caused many to become addicted to our computers and smart phones.
We’re all aware of the mental fog we enter after spending too much time on Facebook. The convenience of virtual socializing keeps us hooked while it numbs our senses, making it more difficult to relate and maintain friendships when we are face to face.
And then there are the physical consequences: necks and backs that are strained from too much typing, texting, browsing, and game playing; hips that are relatively immobilized from too much sitting; spirits that lose spark due to the overwhelming availability of at-your-fingertip distractions instead of thinking, daydreaming, reading, or spending time in person with our friends.
With these powerful influences all around us, it’s easy to understand how habits develop if we don’t stay awake and fully conscious. Technology has both liberated and imprisoned us, and it is up to us to know when too much is enough in order to keep our bodies, minds, and souls in touch with the true magic of life.
Technology is a temptation. It’s so easy to come home after a long, busy day and turn on the computer to become mindless for a while. And then the while becomes hours, and we find ourselves in the trap of this indulgence and wonder where the time has gone as we find ourselves even more tired than before.
It isn’t easy to change a habit. But habits can be replaced by good ones. With a bit of vigilance, we can become aware of the more organic ways of living a richer life. By becoming more awake to our default behavior, we can start to see where we can make some changes in favor of finding a balance.
Becoming more aware of how we use our bodies, where we hold stress, what we are eating, and how we care for ourselves in general is always the first step towards raising consciousness. How we use our minds, what we choose to read or watch, the conversations we have, and the way in which we use our imaginations is also key to deepening our awareness of what is important, thus making our lives richer and more rewarding.
Being present in today’s culture doesn’t mean we have to conform to the trends. By staying awake and conscious of how we feel in our deepest selves we can to make the choices that also feel right, regardless of what others choose for themselves. When we discover our full potential by being more in touch with body, mind, and spirit, we better express who we are and we begin to lead healthier lives. And by being who we are with no compromise, we give the people around us the unspoken permission to do the same.
A life that is service to health, curiosity, passion, and communication is a life that is conscious and awake. I say, let’s make a promise to ourselves to cultivate this way of being on our planet!
Michele Kadison is the creator of Body Activation, a healing fitness technique that transforms the body from the inside out.
Credit picture by by Alex Blajan