Are You Connected to the Ground in Which You Walk Upon?

Today’s theme was floor. One thing I have noticed about myself is that my mind never stops. Living so much in my head jumping from thought to thought to thought can be exhausting.

One of the reasons I am on a break from Instagram, deactivated Facebook again, deleted my Twitter account a year and a half ago, and never bothered to make a Snapchat, is because I know myself, and I know what technology is capable of doing to the human mind. These mediums can be wonderful tools, but for me personally, there are consequences to using them. I have to be super mindful and super balanced with how I approach use. These platforms are purposefully designed to be addictive.

This look within has been good for me so far, but it also has brought up something: a longing for community and deeper connections. One of the main pillars of health of those who live long and healthy lives is having community.

In a way, I think this was the value, or perhaps perceived value, that social media gave/at times still gives me. It’s quick connection – a quick tap into communication at a distance. There are certainly upsides and downsides to that too.

I notice that the lines are easily blurred between feeling valued, connected, and validated by way of communicating with friends online and not really getting much out of those interactions at all. Much of it is superficial. Much of it is short and fast. And with a quick click, I liked your photo, and with a speedy scroll, on to the next message and the next and the next. Consume, consume, consume. And tack on all the never-ending messages of all the products and services we ‘need’ to be happy, to simplify, to be beautiful, to be better. Is this the way? Is this valuable? Is it helpful? Is it necessary?

So what happens if we peel that all away? Well, for me, that means I need to be with myself more, in that mind that never stops. And maybe that’s why I need to slow down and just exist without too many distractions more than ever.

I believe part of the reason why I turn to snacking or comfort eating when I am “bored” or “lonely” is because I am really hungry for connection in that moment, a meaningful conversation. I am also really hungry for grounding myself and living in the moment – not tomorrow, not yesterday, but right now.

Most of the time, I live in the future in my mind. And today’s yoga practice of connecting to the floor was surprisingly helpful.

Find community. Ground yourself. Love and live today.

Catch ya on the flip side,
Mary

11 thoughts on “Are You Connected to the Ground in Which You Walk Upon?

  1. Oh Mary, this was so beautiful and just what I needed to read today after a long week.
    I too have a mind that never stops, constantly whirring with the next thought, idea, plan and never ceasing.
    I previosuly used social media as a crutch, something truthfully to keep my fingers busy while my mind raced ahead.
    In this busy world, slowing down is an act of beauty and rebellion, but it takes patience.
    Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking piece.
    You inspire me to life a more beautiful and grounded life with every piece of wisdom you share. I love your peaceful corner of the internet!
    Big hugs,
    Aideen. X

  2. What a wonderful text.
    I find it so hard to be just with my thoughts. Maybe I am afraid of them.
    I am more and more interested to be without social media. It is easy to choose ipad or mobile phone instead of reading, walking in the nature or art journaling. But at the same time, I am happy that I have noticed that there is a choice, choice that I can make for better life. It would be so boring if I would know everything already and there wouldn’t be choices to make anymore.

  3. So true, Mary! I’m not much of a social media person (I’ve actually never had a Facebook account!), but I do love YouTube and Pinterest and sometimes I find myself watching video after video or scrolling through Pinterest because I’m avoiding…myself, my to do list, life… and so I’m working to use social media with intention and not for distraction. I find it hard to just be with my thoughts sometimes because, like you, my mind races. Yoga and meditation help me with that which is why I think I’ve stuck with them for so long and why after periods of time away from them for whatever reason, I always come back. ๐Ÿ’œ

      1. Hi Mary! I use timers and plan my time on social media. For example, if I’m looking for a specific recipe, I will schedule when to search for it on Pinterest and set a timer so that I don’t get caught up and lose track of time. Or if there’s some videos I want to watch from the channels I’m subscribed to on YouTube (like yours ๐Ÿ˜‰), I just schedule that time into my day. That way I’m never just mindlessly using social media, but rather very intentionally. I tend to favor those two outlets because I use them more for educational reasons and they’re easier for me to control. ๐Ÿ’œ

      2. Thank you for sharing. The timers are a great idea. What I do is usually schedule set times. However, that time can easily spill over so I am working on mindfulness.

  4. Thank you Mary. You are a very wise young lady. Ps. Missing your YouTube videos. May the new year bring you many blessings. ๐Ÿ’š

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