Live Free Or Die
We are inundated with information, advertisements, news, and news feeds almost everywhere we look. It's easy to lose sight of who we are, what we believe and what we want when there is so much telling us what we "should" be or "could" be buying, using or doing. It makes me feel exhausted and overwhelmed and recently I have become interested in living a more unadulterated life. To do this, I make an effort to get offline, turn my phone on silent and give my soul some airtime. When I tune in to my own inner wisdom, the one we all have, I become more present and more intentional in how I live.
Part of living a more intentional life involves paying attention to how I feed my family, what we put on our bodies and the products we use in our home. When I started reading labels and researching different products, I was astonished to realize that so much of what we use or eat is filled with chemicals and ingredients we don't need or are even harmful. Many of these haven't been thoroughly tested and some are even banned in other countries. We don't know all the effects they have on us, but what we do know is that cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes is on the rise. It makes me wonder why we buy, use and eat the things we do, how often we trade quality for convenience and at what cost?
When it comes to electronic devices, it doesn't take a research study to see how excessive use of them effects each member of my family. As convenient and entertaining as the smartphones, computers, and iPads are, I am aware that they pull focus and create a feeling of disengagement and disconnection when used without boundaries. I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to smash my phone so I wouldn't feel the pull to check it or check out with it. My husband and I fantasize all the time about what it would be like to just get rid of our T.V. all together. It has become important to us that as a family, we use the devices mindfully. I feel the need to protect not only my children but myself from information overload and electronic dependence. I fear for our ability to be present and play when so many things offer us distraction and instant entertainment.
I am not a purist, I dye my hair and eat red meat when I feel like it. Becoming more intentional doesn't mean I always make "perfect"choices but means that I try to be aware of why I am making them. To say I am looking for balance, would be wrong. I would like the scale of our lives to be weighed in favor of more time in nature, simpler ways of being, cleaner food, quieter times, more board games and bike rides. My hope is that as a collective we start making more intelligent and aware choices while exploring simpler, more chemical-free and media-free ways of living.