If you work with any of the Nine Principles during the day, you have much more energy. We receive energy from food, drink, and impressions. But our energy reservoir is determined by our posture towards life, our attitude, the way we think about life, the way we feel about it, the way we sense it, the way we perceive it. —Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony by Jon SchreiberTurning off our devices to take time for ourselves and for non-digital communication and connection is an important step for all of us. At the same time, we need to do something to be present and available, to come out of our habitual preoccupation with what we think and feel, into a direct experience of life in the moment.
We usually live in disconnection, caught in thoughts about life, reacting to those thoughts, and full of tension in body, mind, and feelings. This is part of the reason that the distraction of the digital world is so attractive—it’s a very effective way to avoid experiencing how we are. It gives us an imaginary relationship to others and allows us to project an imaginary image of ourselves.
When we unplug, how are we then? Are we still caught in our ideas about the world? Are we still projecting an image to others of what we’d like to be? Or are we using the act of unplugging to truly experience the moment of life we are living?
If we wish to fully participate in life we need to be present. And to be present, the simplest and most reliable step we can take is to bring body and mind to work together in whatever we’re doing. When body, mind, and feelings are working together, we become present in the moment and have an entirely new relationship to ourselves, to other people, and to life.