I’m racing the clock as I create this post this afternoon ahead of the Day 6 hygge activity. After a full week, I drew this much needed action:
No electronics for the evening.
I define evening as 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and by saying “no” to electronics, I’m saying “no” to my cell phone, iPod, TV, and computer.
That makes this evening’s post interesting to write, as I am sharing what my intentions are, and the activity I will carry out, rather than capturing my actions after the fact, through words and photos.
Putting the Electronics Away
It is amazing, in today’s culture, how dependent we are on electronics. My cell phone is never far from me. And it is so much more than a phone. It is a mini computer that I use to take photos, play music, movies and games, save recipes, keep important notes and info, correspond with family, friends and clients, look up property and perform other real estate tasks, stay in touch through social media, check the weather and shop online. And what would I do without Google and the ability to quickly look up info?
I’ve already laughed at myself as I contemplated an evening without electronics and considered working on my family tree (nope that’s online), listening to a podcast (on my phone, so no), trying out a recipe…which was on my phone (can’t)…and watching a movie (leave the TV off). I did write out the recipe by hand, gasp, so I can putter in the kitchen, but I’ll postpone the other activities.
What to Do Apart from Using Electronics
So how do I intend to spend my time this evening? I have delightful and cozy hygge options.
• Cook or bake a treat, without listening to music or scrolling through online recipes.
• Get into cozy clothes and really unwind after this very busy week: walk in the garden, meditate, stretch.
• Brew a cup of hot tea and savor the flavor as I inhale the scent and cradle the cup.
• Light candles in my bedroom and burn dried herbs to clear energy in my room and fill it with a delicate, earthy scent.
• Write in my journal.
• And…read. I picked out a book, Children of Earth and Sky, by an author that is new to me.
As I am finishing this post, a couple of hours earlier than I typically do, the evening stretches before me, full of promise. I’m going to turn off the TV and power down other electronics and then tuck my phone away, out of sight.
I know that I’ll instinctively reach for a phone that isn’t there. But that’s okay. This break from electronics allows me to experience the simple pleasures of good, healthy food, a hot beverage and intentional activities, free from distractions.
Electronics aren’t bad. I’m grateful for technology that allows me to easily access information and take care of many details of my life. I’m equally grateful that I control how these gadgets impact my life.
And now…I have an intriguing book waiting for me!