Yesterday I turned off my phone and it felt good…

Incredible. This week facebook loses 1000000 users, fake news is everywhere, and I feel like I’m constantly being interrupted by social media, by news, by mails, by talk and incessant chatter and interest, and much as my basic human need is to talk to people, I need some space.

I realise our minds (outside of the yoga class) is being infiltrated by so many demands on our attention. It’s important to stay in touch but there needs to be a balance. A phone switch off felt like a totally brave move for me. Why? What on earth would I miss?

The moments where it was switched off, I felt relaxed, I found myself bragging that my phone was switched off like it was some sort of act of insane radicalness. It felt good. Try it!

Tony Robbins calls the Blackberry ‘the Crackberry’, the addiction to being always there, always standing to attention. This affects us in ways we don’t realise, we feel we are always having to be awake and ready for action. Reacting to whatever comes at us. This has the effect of letting us run round in circles.

He suggests taking some deep breaths and working out what you really want in your day. Working out what you really want can over-ride all that information that’s coming at you. Whatever you decide make it a big sentence and see it coming at you throughout the day. One positive idea or thought can affect your whole day and can help you take back control.1

Off you go! Switch off your phone control it.


Published by Sophie Bickerdike

I came to yoga with a bad back and a full mind, lots of constant chatter, no different to anyone else... after 15 years of teaching... my mind still goes all monkey on me, the so called wild horses are still there... but I have it under control, I am aware of it..... my body has never felt so strong... yoga really solves so much...mind body and soul...

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