Make Time for Silence

A post on taking a tech sabbath over on The Art of Manliness has been challenging me all week. It’s 100% worth the read.  

How seldom in our day-to-day lives do we make time just to daydream or think? Even if our mind-wandering sessions venture into painful territory (as they are wont to do) that’s quite alright. Spend time sorting through the tangles of your mind, wherever they lead. As Louis CK so astutely puts it, “You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away, is the ability to just sit there. That’s being a person.” If you never let yourself feel completely sad because you’re always pushing that empty feeling away by looking at your phone, says CK, you’ll never feel completely happy either. The Tech Sabbath is your chance to exit this limbo state, where we’re constantly distracting ourselves from our feelings by endlessly surfing from one page to another. It’s a chance to just be present in the moment. 

How often do we just experience our day without a podcast playing, music blaring, Twitter rolling by, consuming, consuming, consuming information. I think of this when I’m in line at my favorite coffee shop, it’s easy to just pull out the phone and miss out on what is actually happening around us. To miss the song playing, or the interesting interactions happening around us. I’m ready to feel life again… Without the little screens that separate you and me.

Rex Barrett @rexbarrett