Friday, February 15, 2013

Real connection

Everyone craves connection. That's why you see so many people glued to their smart phone...anticipating that beep, not wanting to miss out, drowning in information overload...yet still wanting to feel connected.

True connection won't be found on a twitter feed or status update. Instead turn it off. All of it. Turn off the television, cell phone, laptop...anything with a screen staring at you.

Walk outside. Feel the sunshine warm your skin, bathe in the moon's glow or dance in the pouring rain. Sit by a tree and hear its wisdom. Watch a sunrise, a sunset, a shooting star. Let the wind lead you on an adventure with no destination in mind.

Eat a delicious meal in silence. Enjoy the flavors, the aroma, the texture...the way your tongue squeals with delight.

Paint a picture. Use your fingers. Sing in the shower. Dance in your underwear. Write flash fiction or the next great American novel. Send a hand-written love letter to your mom, best friend, or your favorite coffee shop barista. Hug a pet. Smile at a stranger. 

Have a real conversation. Listen. Look them in the eye. Open your heart and mind. Share and reveal your true self; not what the world expects to see.

Slow down. Be in the moment, engaging all senses, whether washing dishes, reading this post or a heart-to-heart with a loved one. Truly experience an intimate connection.

Unplug the electronics and plug back into your life. Even if only until the next beep. 

this post inspired by the video shown above,  "What our screens are doing to us"

turn off the distractions,

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