I like to challenge myself to various things; finding that challenges leads to growth and deeper insight. My life in Georgia offers a unique opportunity for this kind of practice.
Noticing that I often log on to facebook to relieve myself of boredom or other unpleasant feelings, I challenged myself to a week without facebook, and without other distractions such as TV, youtube, books, newspapers, radio, music and without stimulants such as coffee, alcohol and sweets.
It’s been really worthwhile. Merely setting a challenge and living up to it strengthens my trust in myself and tells me about my current boundaries, discipline and determination.
The effect? A stronger connection to the present moment, to what I’m feeling right now and clarity about where I am in life. It also allowed a much stronger focus and fullness to my present tasks, e.g. exercise for 90 minutes – doing it fully, not thinking about what’s next; meditating 30 minutes – fully; eating slowly, enjoying every bite. Whilst at times quite boring, also very sweet and enjoyable, experiencing the rich flavour of the small things in life.
My intention is to build on this throughout March, with a minimum of facebook time during weekdays, preferably none at all. (It will be interesting to see how I live up to this intention, without strict boundaries of what I am ‘allowed’ to do and what not..). Additionally: no coffee throughout March.
Ok. Time to log in again 😉