Welcome back, I’m pleased you’re here.
Ironically social media and the idea of increasing our connection to other people and increasing our number of connections should fulfill our need for social interaction. But the paradox is that heavy use of social media can leave you feeling isolated and lonely.
In fact a study at the University of Pennsylvania unearthed that high usage of multiple social media apps increases feelings of loneliness rather than decreasing them. And by reducing social media usage you can make yourself feel less lonely, less isolated and increase your overall well-being.
So with that in mind, let’s begin our practice in the usual way.
Find a comfortable seat.
Settling in with a few rounds of deep breaths.
Breathing in through the nose.
Breathing out through the mouth.
Feeling the body soften as you exhale.
Allowing the breath to return to its natural rhythm, its natural flow.
Feeling the weight of your body connecting with the surface beneath you.
Feeling the points of contact.
Setting an intention, being clear about why you are practicing today.
Noticing how the body feels in this moment.
Scanning through the body, checking in with how you feel.
Scanning from the top of the head down to the toes.
Noticing areas of tension, areas of resistance.
When you mind wanders off, just bring it back to scanning through the body.
As best you can, observe your general mood; how you feel in your mind.
Without making a judgement, just becoming aware of how things are in this moment, noting and acknowledging.
Becoming aware of the body breathing.
Without changing the breath in anyway.
Noticing the breath.
Watching the natural rhythm of the breath.
When you realize you are lost in thought, notice that your mind has become distracted and come back to the breath.
When a thought comes up just acknowledge it, note it, “a thought” or “a feeling”.
Then coming back to the breath.
Thoughts come and go.
Feelings come and go.
Appreciating all thoughts and feelings as they are.
Just allowing yourself to be in this moment.
Grounded in this present moment.
Fully immersed in this moment of time.
Noting, gently, anything that comes up for you as you do.
Any thoughts or sensations.
Then keep coming back to the breath.
Letting go of focus now.
Let your mind think, let it wander, let it question, letting it do what it needs to do.
Feeling your body connecting with the surface beneath you.
Pause for a moment, noticing how you feel different after your practice.
Then take this presence with you for the rest of the day; this quality of being grounded in the moment and the idea of connecting with people around us, in the real world. Eye to eye contact. Building a real world connection rather than one via a screen or a device.
Thank you for joining me and I’ll see you back here for the next meditation.
”A study at the University of Pennsylvania unearthed that high usage of multiple social media apps Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat increases feelings of loneliness rather than decreasing them.