Miles above the earth, flying around 600 mph is where I recently found the insight and inspiration to BE STILL. I was sitting in the middle seat on our flight home from Washington DC. Danny and I had enjoyed the most wonderful time. I was anxious to get home, hug our girls, check on Mozart and dig into the crazy schedule of the coming week. My book was boring me so I turned to the monitor in front of my seat. After a few games of Solitaire (and frankly not playing very well) I continued to browse the monitor. I found TEDtalks, which almost always interest me. I sat in my seat and listened to THIS talk.
I have recognized the value of stillness many many times…a heart of peace after attending the temple, a clear head after a yoga session, prayer, enjoying a quiet walk. One of the stillness ideas that inspired him was an Internet Sabbath- a full day completely unplugging from electronic devices. As I listened to him, I was re-energized in taking stillness seriously. Lately I have felt distracted and busy, feeling like my wheels were spinning at maximum speed, yet I was staying still. In seat 40F I made some quick decisions to put this into practice in my life and not just recognize it as a good idea. Some ideas I want to experiment with—
Internet Sabbath- I will turn off electronic devices on Sunday, my family is already with me and it is the weekday I already enjoy recognizing as the Sabbath.
wake up-until kids leave for school…leave devices alone and use cell phone on a need basis (no internet browsing)
3:00 p.m. (when the girls get home) and later just use my cell phone as needed (texting, communication, etc…)
9:00 p.m. turn my devices (iPad and phone) in for the night. If my phone rings or a text dings attend to it…but other than that leave it alone (aka don’t waste an hour browsing Instagram, Facebook, Pintrest, etc…)
update: Danny loved the talk but the other girls weren’t sure if they understood it. They did come up with an idea after we discussed the talk…
Danny- spend more quiet time while driving, find time to step away from his phone
Ellie- create alone time every day
Kate- spend time in the backyard every day
Sophie- spend time reading