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Welcome To The Machine

04/09/2018, 8:30am EDT
By Karen Heraldo

The ever increasing advancement of technology within society decrees that each individual take responsibility to learn or get left behind.  If you don't adapt quickly you will find yourself out of the loop.

What loop would that be? How does one maintain balance in the loop? And are there any faults to being in or out of the loop? 

We are now at the point of total saturation concerning information overload.  When researching without being blocked or censored from material, this can be a really good thing. However, a twenty-four hour, seven-a-day work week is not a good thing and inability to filter or reacting to every single notification that comes through the minute it arrives becomes unproductive quickly enough.

Generation mobile or GenM seems to maneuver best through this digital age because they have learned to prioritize.  People burn out from being constantly on-line and need to ensure a healthy balance in life. How does one create that proper balance between nature and the interconnectedness of the machines?

Here are some ideas to get you started.  And please readers, reach out and tell us your own.  I would love to share best practices and the ways you personally find to cope when overwhelmed with the technology.

The Digital Detox: Wikipedia describes this as a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. Claimed benefits include increased mindfulness, lowered anxiety, better appreciation of one's environment and becoming more people-oriented.

The Electronical Sabbatical: would be the same as above, however may include the occasional blogging/vlogging or "checking the pulse" since periods of promised off-line time are longer and not subject to a few hours per week or day as above. Many who practice this go on hikes or meditation retreats where there are no internet or WiFi connections.  It is purposely designed to plan to have to go outside the camp, sort to speak to get back online.  Another differentiator is connecting on-line for gaming with definite intention to learn strategy and no more than three hours at a time.

I have always appreciated the Medicine Wheel teachings. The native-born Elders in Canada give us knowledge of the quadrants in life that need balancing in order to keep the wheel well rounded. You will find quickly enough for most of us it is the physical harmonized with the other qualities that once tapped into will always help you maintain equilibrium.  It demands we unplug and plug back in as a natural flow of life.

Living in this day and age brings us many technological conveniences.  Pick what works best for you, don't worry what others are doing and get outside in nature once in awhile for your own digital detox.  When you loop back in with a fresh perspective, the machines become a welcoming presence.

Tag(s): Karen Heraldo