Hello SOTGC community,
Cell phones…we all use them, but do you we use them to our detriment? Let me tell you about a recent experience I had at the gym that got me thinking…
I was in the midst of my elliptical workout, when only a few machines away, a young woman started her cardio, and then pulled out her iPhone to make her first of three calls. The first call was the most bothersome – any woman could decipher that she was having a very loud and heated argument with her boyfriend. Thank goodness the next two were more pleasant!
Let’s ignore the fact that there is a no cell phone policy at the club, and that there are bright yellow stickers on each cardio machine that say in bold letters – NO CELL PHONES. This is actually beside the point.
Here are my thoughts:
First, our pervasive use of cell phones at all times leaves us disconnected and mindless as to what is going on around us. We talk (and/or text) when we exercise, while we drive (even though it is dangerous), take the dogs for a walk, when we are with friends…I could go on.
Instead of being present, and enjoying what we are doing (or the people we are with), or simply paying attention, we allow ourselves to be constantly distracted, and this makes us less effective and less conscious of the task at hand, whatever that may be. And the irony is that as a result of using a tool that is meant for communicating we are becoming more and more disconnected (and discontent) as a society.
And second, in the case of using our cell phones in public places like gyms or restaurants for example, we tend to forget that there may be others around us that might prefer to be left out of our conversations (and these calls are often hard to ignore because people often speak more loudly than necessary while on cell phones…why is that??)
By choosing to have our happy, sad, personal or business discussions in close public quarters, we force others to participate in the energy of that conversation, which really isn’t considerate.
I understand that sometimes we cannot avoid using our “tools” when we are out and about, but I do think as a society we have gotten way out of control when it comes to our cell phone use. I encourage you all to take a break now and then…
If you are at the gym, leave your phone in your bag. If you are walking the dog and want to bring your phone for safety, that’s ok, but maybe choose leave it in your pocket, and enjoy nature instead. And if you are out to dinner with friends, the best gift you can give them is your conscious attention, so leave it in your purse, as opposed to having it on the table waiting for the next text.
Try to incorporate some of these cell phone breaks into your week…it will do wonders for your body, mind, and spirit, and help you be a more conscious woman.