For 2021 the Chinese zodiac has rotated back to the year of the Golden Cow. It is also associated with the White Ox and the Metal Bull. For most people as long as it is not the year of 2020 it will be a good year.
Could it also be the year of PDTP? No, that is not a spelling mistake for the PTSD many might feel from the impact of the Covid pandemic. PDTP here means Put Down The Phone. Put it away and look up at the world around you.
No doubt you have had the experience of jumping out of the way from someone who is walking down the street while immersed in the world of their phone. I bet we all have been that person once. When we do this we are oblivious to others who have to avoid us so we don’t crash into each other. What message or instrgram post was so much more important than respect and safety?
Put Down The Phone. Put it away and engage with your surroundings.
Here is a 5 minute exercise to give you power over your phone.
You are going to send a message. But you ask ‘How do I send a message without using my phone?’ Good question.
By using your mind.
Do you mind 🙂 … using your mind?
To use your mind you need to focus. The first step to focus (once you’ve put the phone down) is to breathe.
Let your breath help you relax your shoulders.
Keep collecting a few more life carrying breaths … now connect with nature.
Send your focus to something you see or imagine a place you know. It can be a plant in your home or a forest you love to frequent.
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Breathe into your connection.
Allow your mental connection to fill your body. The connection can travel. Through your arteries – flavouring your blood – loading into your bones.
Maybe you will remain in this ‘loading the bones with energy’ state for a few minutes; and then you send your message to nature. Or it could be that you will cycle through the mind-arteries-bones-veins-mind-message-to-nature a few times in your 5 minutes.
Your mental/emotional offering flows into your mind, towards your anchor point of connection. You send your Authentic Intelligence in the form of your appreciation, or perhaps wonder or positive possibility.
Bask in the feeling of well-being from participating in nature, with the planet. Give, if you choose, your 5 minute process a name. Repeat it. Share it, if you wish.
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I actually had this conversation yesterday with my best friend! In 2020 this was actually something I tackled, and achieved – less phone time, more real time. She’s made this a goal for 2021, as she says she has realised how much it has become a procrastination tool for her! An excuse to not ‘meet real life head on’.
So here’s to putting down our phones, and putting our best foots forward to appreciating life again!
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