Where did it all begin?
Back when I was pushing myself to grow my personal and professional presence on the web, unconsciously I became a slave from the need to remain constantly on-line. I was driven by the buzz from this web addiction. The notion of a space to slow down, to reconnect with myself and with nature was the last thing I was thinking of!
10 years ago
In fact , my superficial existential needs were all fed on a screen. All the time, at all costs. Like many others, living in big, crowded cities, the notion of a healthy environment was becoming less and less available to me and brought me to a place of overload, stress and confusion.
Because of my deteriorating mental and physical health, I made a radical choice to seek a "life-saving" solution. Despite my efforts to find these resources, I soon found out that there were no programs available to help me at the time. I had to find it first before I could experienced it myself.
I had to detoxify myself from years of on-going digital imprint and rediscover a more natural imprint. I had to be fully desensitized before I could understand how much of a burden I was carrying from my FOMO addiction.
As I was going though this radical transformation, it became clear that the solution for my addiction to screen time was the re-calibration and reconsideration of my most existential and physiological needs. And being on-line was not one of them: like any other addiction, I was trying to fill this never-ending space of emptiness.
Amongst all that I learned during that period of time, being outside and exposing myself to nature was, and is still, the best medication I ever found to cope with my issues from cyber-addiction.
From that time forward, I was healing and nurturing myself from this new discovery, and became a witness of the rise of this too-busy new modern society heading towards a complex and impersonal new online reality.
That was 10 years ago!
And now, 10 years later...
After years of self-taught learning, I have created the Reconnect to Disconnect Curriculum For Unplugging dedicated to those who, just like me years ago, struggled with the unhealthy consequences of their addiction to the screen and their frustration from the lack of resources available to help them with their dilemma.
Not a day goes by for me without hearing a story of a friend, relative or clients who confesses to me their conscious or unconscious struggle with the stress associated with their use of the internet and its technology from constant pressures from the digital age we are now living in.
To me the solution is SIMPLE. The invitation is REAL and the time to apply it is NOW!
But we must first need to recognize and accept this compulsive
disorder to our screens for what it is: an addiction.
Even if medical authorities do not agree or don’t
seem to care much about it, SET (Screen Excess Time) is a pervasive, yet highly tolerated and encouraged socially accepted
dysfunction, that has the potential to harm any of us,
both mentally and physically.
Unless, we don’t care enough and prefer to adopt better approach towards technology in our lives? Our superficial needs for personal satisfaction creates a constant disruption due to the technology that runs our world today.
So, before our technology starts to really rule our personal worlds, we need to take action against this challenge that we all face today..