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Freedom to explore more, not freedom from…

Freedom to explore more, not freedom from…

December 24, 2017
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These past few weeks, I’ve been pondering what my intention for 2018 is to be. During 2017 I’ve had the intention of Wholeheartedness. A few years prior I’ve also gone into the new year with an intention, and I intend to do so again for 2018.

Somewhat surprisingly for myself, what’s been popping up has been different thoughts on going more analog, of letting go of habits of checking email, facebook, messenger and the likes once every few seconds, of deleting various app’s from my IPhone, app’s which are merely a mental distraction (and time trap), and not really value-adding at all.

So as a reminder, of what it really is I am looking for (more connection, more conversation, more value-adding interactions and smarter use of my time. As well as less mindless habitual waste of my time. If I am to rest, and relax, I want to do so in the analog.) I gift you Sherry Turkle in conversation with Jonathan Fields in Good Life Project. Sherry is pro-technology, but a proponent of a mindful and intentional use of technology, which is precisely what I intend to explore deeper during 2018.

She’s gotten a lot of flak for her thoughts on the matter, but I honestly think it’s well worth reflecting upon what it is we do with technology, and what it is doing to us (or perhaps more correctly: what it is I am letting technology do to me – I am no helpless victim here!). It’s not all positive, in the same way that I don’t think a n y t h i n g exists that is entirely positive. There’s two sides to every coin, and there’s also my strong belief that whatever works for me might not necessarily work for you. We might have different needs, ideas, ways to operate in the world, to relax, to get inspired and so on – and hence, during 2018 I will be exploring what a more mindful technology use will do for me.

Freedom.toOn an interesting side note, this is my use of digital technology so far this Christmas morning: Sitting in bed, writing on my IPad, listening to Spotify on my IPhone, after having checked my email (personal and work-accounts at that), my Messenger (said good morning to my eldest who’s up and about earlier than the rest of us), my Facebook- and Instagram-feeds, thrown my first Pokémon Go-ball, done some Wordfeud and WordBrain-puzzling and finished a fifteen minute Headspace meditation. Oh, plus buying a one-year subscription to the Freedom-app, using their 40% discount code (FLASH40) I received in my inbox this morning (valid 24 hours). So yeah – a bit of intentional use of technology is just what I want – the freedom to explore more of an intentional life, not freedom from technology! Important distinction for me.

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Setting an intention for the day

January 3, 2017
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So. Already we’re off and running. Three days in on the new year, the year of 2017. This year of wholehearted living. (This year of even more deliberate and intentional wholehearted living than ever before, that is.)

Today I have five scheduled meetings, all of very different tonality.
* Talking through an assignment that I will be performing in the first months of the year. Looking forward to having more clarity on what and how to do it, on the basis of a clearly voiced why.
* Sitting as a croquis model for a friend – my first ever time as an adult. My maternal grandmother was an artist, and I sat for her many times in my childhood, as the paintings and clay sculptures around the house give evidence to. But as an adult I’ve not done it, and in the nude, never. Exciting! This will have me cross off a bullet on my Bucket List already on the third day of the new year, which feels great. Bringing my vulnerability to the table will for sure be required for this one to go off as intended.
* Attending a phone conference project meeting ensuring everyone is all set for the activities planned to start Monday next week. Staying sharp and ready to ask important and sometimes uncomfortable questions, as that’s one of my roles in this assignment.
* A social media team meeting with a non-profit organization. Want to contribute with what I can, as it’s rock ‘n roll time
* The final Good Life Project ambassador zoom-call. I’ve bought and read “How to live a good life” by Jonathan Fields in the fall, and have seven more books at home (as a part of bying the ambassador-package), just waiting for me to take action on them. It’s time for me to do just that. Have had thoughts of a virtual book club, but would like to do a local one as well. Up for it?

Those are the five scheduled meetings of the day. A diverse mix of meetings, all of them requiring my presence, for varying purposes, and with me having very different roles.

intention for the dayThen there’s all the other meetings of a day. The unplanned ones.
Interacting with the kids. Hugging them good-morning and kissing them good night and everything in between.
Social media-meetings. Chat messages. Posts to comment on or share, with deliberate intention.
Smiling at strangers when out walking, riding my bike, posting a letter.

What about me bringing myself, present and loving, into each and every interaction of the day? What if I, at least, make that the intention of the day?

 

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