Be in the moment. Take 8-10 seconds to let these words sink in. Think back and try to remember the last time you were actually in the moment, I mean really in the moment. I am not talking about a situation when you were physically there and just went through the motions, I’m referring to a time when your mind, body, and soul were 100% connected-- in ways in which you didn’t even know existed!
Have you ever experienced the feeling of being so drawn into the moment where it actually feels like time slows down or even freezes for a few seconds or even several minutes? I’m talking about a situation where, in that moment, nothing else mattered. If you were to examine the world that we are currently living in, it is fair to say that we are living in fast times. It is not uncommon to constantly be in a rush all day, every day. In addition to being in a rush, the majority of us are constantly distracted due to technology. Have you been able to pinpoint a time in your life when you were fully in the moment yet?
Here’s another question that I would like you to think about: “When was the last time you were disconnected from technology?” Recently, my fiance and I made it a point to start being in the moment more. As humans, we have the tendency to obsess over things and become addicted to objects or devices that release the pleasure signals in our brains called “endorphins”. These endorphins are the reason why it feels so good to get a “like” or a comment on your social media status, pictures, or photos. These same endorphins are released in your brain when you eat your favorite dessert or junk food. It is these very feelings that cause us to post and/or check our social media accounts several times a day. This need to check our phones and other electronic devices several times a day, distracts us from our actual lives (friends, family, job, goals, gym, or any other healthy activities).
One of the goals that we decided to set was to designate one day a week where we cannot look at or use our social media sites. The goal is to go the entire day doing other activities that do not involve social media or technology. We are only two weeks in, but the results have been amazing. You cannot truly understand how addicting social media and technology actually is until you go a full day being unplugged.
If you are reading this, the best advice that I can offer you is to invest in yourself and to start being in the moment more often. I truly hope that you will benefit from reading this article and I would love if you were to post some stories of the results you observed while you were unplugged as well as situations when you were in the moment.