Oh my gosh, the freaking phone and all the issues and miracles it brings. We love our phones. I will be the first to say I am attached to mine. It is always with me. Even when I run. But, I know my attachment to the phone isn’t really about the phone. The creators of all the magic in the phone are making money by feeding a different problem. Because really, its not the phone that is the problem. The problem is ego.
Ego is what keeps us separate. I am different than you. I have been through things no one else has. I have my stories. I am great at these things. I am terrible and these other things. The ego creates likes and dislikes. I like this, I can’t stand that. Craving and aversion are ego attributes.
Yoga, at its inception, was a practice to transcend ego. Meditation and physical practice were all one thing designed to transcend the lower self (ego) so that we could connect with all that is greater. When we cater to our likes and dislikes we are giving power to the lower mind and stunting our progress of expansion. Same thing with fear and avoidance.
What would happen if we stopped living every moment of our day ruled by likes and dislikes, fear and avoidance? How much would we open up?
So this brings me back to phones. The makers of apps and the existence of social media skillfully cater to ego. In ego state, we are in a state of discontentment. We feel uneasy, bored, alone, like we lack something, irritated, angry, incomplete, sad, depressed and/or anxious. The creators of what is available on the phone KNOW this and put, in our little hand, the distraction that feeds candy to the ego/lower self. And we keep reaching for the candy. I feel myself do it. I have an uncomfortable thought, and I grab my phone. It is automatic. And it BUGS me.
How to stop? Disrupt the habit field and create new habits. This takes practice. And being extremely conscious about what you are doing. Talk with someone you love. Create a healthy delicious meal for yourself. Get outside. Move your body. I have to say it…. meditate. See if you can overcome some likes and dislikes and open up a tiny bit more to what is available to you. Which is everything.
Blaine Wilkes is the owner of Yoga Hive Colorado, and writes inspirational musings for our newsletter, which we post here, along with upcoming trainings and workshops. To filter, navigate using the links above to see the category you're interested in. If you have questions, or wish to get in touch with Blaine, drop in to a class, or connect online: