Wouldn't it be great if every morning we are greeted with a message that reads "No alerts at the moment. Everything is at peace"?
Sometimes I wonder if cellphones are the worst thing ever invented. Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone and was one of the first people possibly on the planet to own a cellphone back in 1988.
I was working as a Community Midwife in the UK at the time and bought it for security purposes. Since it was the size of a brick but only held a charge for about three hours max (on standby) I thought perhaps the idea was to use it as a kosh to ward off any potential assailants!
Since then cellphones have evolved beyond all recognition and our new personal computers - The Smartphone - does everything bar make you a cup of tea and a sandwich. And it seems that the whole world and his dog owns one!
The insidious yet global invasion into our inner peace has gone all but unnoticed. We couldn't be any more enslaved if space aliens had landed and rounded us all up like sheep onto the mother ship bound for nebular 7357 or something (before you ask I just made that up).
With the constant incoming texts, calls, Facebook messages, alerts, notifications, reminders etc. it seems there is always something that demands you react or respond. Unless you have very strong boundaries (or have found the 'off' button) there is the potential for you to be pulled this way and that, like a leaf in the wind, every moment of the day.
All of this distracts you from you. It pulls you away from your peaceful center. You know, the one we work so hard to find in our yoga practice?
So you can only imagine how wonderful it is, every time I log in to write this blog to see a message on my WordPress dashboard that (quietly) reads:
"No alerts at the moment. Everything is at peace"
Now THAT's the kind of alert I love. Did I mention it was quiet too?
In the following TED talk Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses the impact that our devices have had on human connection..