An experiment that you could instantly do with yourself would reveal to you the Mind-Mobile phone nexus.
An Experiment: Weekly Fasting day
In traditional monasteries, monks fast from cooked food and grains once a week, to spend more time in prayerful introspection. The modern variant of this culture could be fasting from our mobile phones.
A fasting day gives rest to our digestive system; the body releases toxins, and you get an overall sense of well-being. Interestingly even animals when they are sick, fast.
Just as these tips improve our external well-being, occasional fasting from smart phones would bring immense benefits to our internal health. And just like the animals, if you feel internally ‘sick’ – the symptom is an unknown melancholy grips you- then get smart; keep your smart phone aside! A lot of mental muddle would get flushed out of the system; and you’d surely feel an overall sense of peace. If twenty four hours fasting from your mobile phone is impossible to conceive of, try a six hour fast and see the difference for yourself.
What’s wrong with the smart phone?
Nothing, but if you feel miserable in life, don’t be an escapist by sulking on the barrage of videos and action on your mobile screen. Pause! Relax, breathe, spend time with family and friends and then get courageous and face your situation bravely. Learn life enhancing tools to make the best of your life.
A sense of urgency and action grips one who’s in possession of a gadget that will help him access information from anywhere in the world. You are just a ‘gentle touch on your screen’ away from talking to a friend from Alaska who could chat with you for hours on Watsapp or Facebook.
The flip side of this: if there is an issue bothering you that you can address in due course of time, it now becomes urgent and important. If you are always plagued with ‘to do’ lists and ‘decisions’ to take, you’ll be fatigued mentally. You become a victim of decision fatigue. Then to escape the suffering caused by your high speed mental life, you slip into activities that betray your own values. Impulsive buying, unholy dalliances, withdrawal from the social scene and sudden emotional outbursts are just a few of the unlimited fall out of an intense decision-making life. British comedian David Mitchell aptly eexplained our plight saying, “when the phones first appeared they were so cool. Only when it was too late did people realize they are as cool as the electronic tags on remand prisoners.”To be continued…