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Mon, Sep 12, 2016

We live in a world where we are “plugged in” 24/7, always “connected” to the outside world. We wake up, check email, check social media. Eat breakfast, check news, recheck email, recheck social media. Get to work, recheck email, social media, news. And on and on and on until we are back in bed at night, doing the same. Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, as artists and human beings, this constant “connection” actually isolates us from the one person it’s most important for us to connect to: OURSELVES. When was the last time you sat (sans phone) and connected to yourself in the moment? It’s so easy to get caught up with what’s trending online, that we forget to check in with our heart, mind, and spirit.

So, here’s the challenge: I would like you to take yourself out on a “date” without your devices. It could be an hour of hiking, yoga, drawing, or just sitting and writing in a journal. Give yourself a chance to get to know yourself again without the stress and noise of the internet to distract you, stress you out, or overwhelm you. Then, bring your friends along! Make a plan that just involves conversation, listening, and connection. It’s amazing what you notice about the world, your friends/family, and yourself when you stop looking down at your phone.

Now, I am not saying “cut the cord” completely. Technology is a wonderful thing (in moderation). But I do believe that if you make this “unplugging ritual” a daily habit (be it a half hour a day or whatever works for you), you will soon see the calm, relaxation, and ease you begin to feel in your life. Taking these small breaks from the inundation of information gives your brain the reset it needs to be your best artist and self.

So, give it a try! I think you’ll like the results!

Love, SS

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