Welcome to Day 4 of this series on Social Media Detox.
Social media can be wonderful because it allows us to connect with people, share our interests and passions, it can make us laugh, but it can also have a negative impact on one’s mental health.
These days we always have our phones with us. A lot of people sleep with their phones next to their beds; they are in our pocket all day long, waiting to absorb our attention day or night.
There’s that incessant pressure to be online, to always reply, to click the like button, to post, to share a post, to post the best picture. Wow! It can be overwhelming.
And maybe you’ve had that experience where you’ve intended to log in for a couple of seconds because you’ve got lots of other things to attend to, and before you know it an hour has gone by! You’ve bounced from one social media app to another and that cycle can feel hard to break, even though we know our priorities are elsewhere.
So, the practice today will help you to start to become more self aware, to be more present and in doing so creating some space and freedom. Give yourself permission to do one thing and do it fully with mind and body.
Sitting comfortably for this.
Settling into this space.
Taking a few rounds of deep breaths.
Breathing in through your nose.
Breathing out through your mouth.
Allowing the mind to relax.
Allowing the body to soften.
Allowing your breath to return to its natural flow.
Enjoying this moment of simply pausing.
Of having absolutely nothing to do.
Feeling your body connecting with the surface beneath you.
Noticing the points of contact.
Noticing any sounds around you.
Sounds in your immediate environment, maybe the sounds of your breathing.
And sounds that are further away, like the nature sounds in the vibrant virtual space around you.
Allowing these sounds to come and go.
Setting an intention, being clear about why you are practicing today.
And now checking in with how your body feels.
Scan through the body and acknowledge areas of tension and areas of ease.
Scanning all the way down to your toes.
And notice when your mind has wondered, that’s ok, come back to scanning your body.
Then start to become more aware of the breath.
Without changing the breath.
Following the journey of the breath.
Air moving in, air moving out.
Tuning into the sound of the breath.
Air moving in, air moving out.
Notice where the breath lands in the body.
If you get lost in thought, come back to the breath.
Focusing on the movement of the breath.
Letting go of any focus now.
Let your mind think, let it wander, let it question, letting it do what it needs to do.
Then for a moment come back to the breath.
Noticing the body breathing with a gentle focus.
Just for a few more rounds of breath.
Let go of any focus completely.
Allow the mind to wander and think.
Feel your body connecting with the surface beneath you.
Pause for a moment, noticing how you feel different after your practice.
And take this quality of self awareness and freedom with you into the rest of your day.
Thank you for joining me and I’ll see you back here for the next meditation.
”There’s that incessant pressure to be online, to always reply, to click the like button, to post, to share a post, to post the best picture.