A while back I wrote a post with the inquiry, “Is it Time to Unplug?” The question was rhetorical in a way saying that in our culture there are too many things to pay attention to and when we end up abusing all our options, we become overconnected and this feeds mental and physical dis-ease. But, what about when our work requires us to be plugged in, what can we do then?
First it’s important to break down how we pay attention to technology. At times we are focused and need to get things done so we power through a number of emails. Other times we need to do research and so we surf the web looking for content and resources. This is an effective use of attention.
However, other times we get overwhelmed by mounting projects and we use technology as a distraction or a way to “kill time.” Maybe we start answer unimportant emails or start surfing the web for brain dribble. This is what is called a distracted or wasteful zone of attention.
So what can we do when we really feel like we want to Unplug, but we can’t because our work requires us to be Plugged in?
We don’t need to always break away from our digital devices to practice mindfulness, we can use them to support us in our practice.
Take a day or a week and try some of these out. See what your own experience tells you. At the of the day, that’s your best teacher.
As always, please share you thoughts, questions and stories about how you using plugging in to support being more mindful. Your ideas provide a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.
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Last reviewed: 11 May 2011