Can you survive one day without turning on your cellphone or computer?
Without shopping too?
That's what's involved if you observe Distraction Free Day on Labour Day (September 7).
Here's what the Facebook event page says:
A day to turn everything off. All electronics, phones, tablets, computers, modems...Turn off all planning agendas...No shopping. A day just to be.
As Madonna sang, "If we took a holiday...just one day...it would be, it would be so nice."
This is that one day. A chance for us to breath a sigh of release, relieve, a time for the Earth to be able to be a little free from the burdens we put on her.
A day to be with ourselves, without distractions. To see ourselves. Our strengths, weaknesses, constant cravings.
And very importantly how our constant distractions from our fears, anxieties, rage, jealousy, busy-ness...leads to some many if not all of the crises we are experiencing today.
We don't want to face them. So what do we do. Consume, consume, consume, anything, everything, more more more. Just give me anything not to feel. Give me anything so I can numb out.
DFD is a day to break this vicious cycle. To break free from our unconscious behaviours, conditionings, habits. And turn a new leaf of life over. One rich in consciousness, compassion, kindness and wisdom. Free from the clutches of conditioning.
Distraction Free Day is the brainchild of Vancouver yoga teacher Tomas Hicks.
Will you join him in taking a one-day social-media vacation?
While you're pondering this question, here's "Holiday"...