I have denied myself the notion that I am a technology geek for long enough, I am here to say I am a TOTAL NERD when it comes to streamlining life via technology! I love love all the fun, easy and thoughtful ways my life is simplified through tech!
When I faced into this truth, my brain began chewing on the "why's" behind my actions, and I decided to share with you why I am a tech nerd and how it can allow you live more consciously.
I have reached the conclusion that technology CAN enhance, promote and cultivate a conscious lifestyle!
Here are a few of my favorite ways technology enhances my ability to live consciously and therefore be more available to the present, what's happening now!
1. Clear my mind! I can be very dreamy, I can drift from one thought to next, my imagination running at lightning speed AND while doing so totally miss what's happening in that moment! I LOVE using Evernote to clear the space in my mind or gather information for a later date. Below is video about how Erin uses Evernote to organize herself. One specific example for me is I can be browsing or working on my computer and a thought pops in; "oh yeah I need to order that thing..." I then go to the site and "clip it" for later. LOVE IT! check out the video below.
2. My iPhone apps allow me to be totally alert and whole no matter where I am. Regardless of where I find myself I have a few apps on my phone that act as home base and allow me to tune in and keep a similar routine regardless of where i am. I believe this keeps me more awake/conscious to each day as I can maintain constants for myself. My morning meditation, books and daily readings are all on my phone as well as my nutrition and exercise diary. By keeping these routines captured in apps vs three different notebooks, I can literally be anywhere and still have the same morning routine. I truly believe a consistent morning routine is a foundation for clarity throughout the day.
3. Finally, I LOVE connecting with people! I am truly energized by stimulating conversation with others! I completely bask in the fact that some of my favorite people live no where near me, and yet thanks to Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (you get the picture), I can have neighbor like relationships with them! Truly, being present with so many dear friends at one time is enlightening and beautiful! Not to mention meeting new people all the time that I otherwise might not have met. Virtual connectivity is fantastic and such a gift to be anywhere and cary so much love, in my pocket :) thanks iPhone.
I am noticing my silliness and childlike tone when writing this blog today. I realize that I get borderline giddy when talking about technology's impact and capabilities to facilitate an even more livening human experience!
I will also say this, the opposite effect can occur. I have seen many write ups about how technology interfacing is interrupting the social connectivity of face to face conversations and relationships. I too believe this can happen, your iPhone can quickly go from an extension of the human experience allowing you to connect and live more deeply and richly. OR by contrast, keep you isolated and illusion'd to real life activity and interfacing. Just like anything, it is how you use it and how the choices you make align with the use of your devices and gadgets.
I invite you to look at your iPhone or Android a little differently today; How is this one device allowing you to function in a more conscious/awake manor and is it facilitating healthy connections and aliveness for you?
Thanks for reading!
Lindsey Rainwater is an experienced consultant and coach to the fitness and wellness industry. She specializes in business development and leadership. Currently she is working with the Fitmarc Team helping club owners all over the south central region of the united states propel their business forward via group exercise solutions. For more information about lindsey, follow her @lindseyrainh2o