Day two of my retreat
Friday, August 09, 2013
Good Morning! It is so beautiful out this morning and I am raring to go!
I have gone 24 hours without turning my TV on!! I often found my hand reaching for the control, but ignored the habit! I'm now going for another 24 hours. I spent a lot of my time yesterday without any music on either. I have gotten so used to having background noise on all the time, it has been a real challenge to be alone with my thoughts.
In this frantic, too much to do and not enough time to do it in world we live in, people have forgotten how to slow down. Our lives are crammed with so much busy-ness! Families and singles alike have so much on their plates, they have no time to just be. Add to that the electronic age, where we are always plugged in, tuned in, or tied to the computer, TV, electronic games, and even music.
We say we don't have enough time for taking care of ourselves, for getting to know who we really are and working on bettering ourselves, which includes helping others! Who hasn't used the excuse of "i don't have enough time?" There's always time for television and computer games! What if a person took only one hour away from those things and focused on meditation, exercising, reading a good book, playing outside with the kids, working on a craft, taking your pet for a walk or any number of uplifting or truly relaxing pursuits.
Now what if we took a bit further and took a whole evening off, or a weekend day? What couldn't we accomplish, enjoy, or learn in that time? We tend to forget that just a very short time ago, TV was usually an evening event, that our parents and grandparents didn't have all the digital distractions. How did they fill their days? How did those of us who grew up in the sixties and seventies spend our free time.
We spent time with friends, more time with our families at home, doing chores, playing games, reading and just enjoying ourselves. When we watched TV it was what our parents watched. If we were bored with the show, we found something else to keep us busy. We used our IMAGINATIONS! Played dressup, and read books (oh so many books), we coloured, we made forts, created secret clubs with passwords....
When I was a child, we were the second or third family in a new tract of homes. As time went by, more and more families moved in and we all knew each other! We had Easter egg hunts in the field across the street; all the kids would gather in November and practice Christmas songs and go caroling door to door on Christmas eve; the whole neighborhood would get together and have block parties and parades... *sighs* It was a great time to be a kid and we watched very little TV.(usually on Saturday mornings)
I guess what I'm getting at is I believe we have lost so much (as well as gained so much) with the advent of computers, games and other digital enhancements. For myself, I have lost track of who I am and learning what I am capable of now. It is scary to be left alone with myself and my thoughts. I have been so immured by TV and my computer, my brain has become dull and there is a veil over shadowing me. I need to spend time with myself, deal with things that I have been putting off (without even realizing it) and free my spirit that has been tethered by brain numbing addictions.
Well, it seems I have gone on rather a long rant! This is what I have realized after just one day of no TV and very little computer. I accomplished a lot yesterday, did some cleaning, read some great stuff, I did have my classical music station for a bit, I took a nap, had a lot of Shade time, and most important I thought ALOT! I'm getting to know me and I'm learning what I need to do to create myself and my life. Such an exciting adventure!
Today is going to flow pretty much like yesterday. More cleaning and de-cluttering, more healthy eating, more music and reading, everything is subject to change without notice!
Oh, I just noticed this morning that I have a 300 day streak for logging in...it's a start! *LOL*
Have a splendiferous day!