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How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. — Virginia Woolf, “The Waves”

This week, let’s go quiet together.

Let’s listen more and update less.

Let’s hear each other’s silent screams of fear and anxiety.

Let other people talk.

Let other people fight to have their voice heard.

Let other people have the last word.

Let other people be right.

Not you.

This week, you are sitting back, waiting.

This week, you are smiling and nodding.

This week, you have nothing to prove.

If you must speak, whisper.

Leave the yelling for another week.

Leave the lectures for another week.

Be a silent warrior. Do things without asking.

Swallow your expectations.

Wash them down with a nice cup of tea.

Say nothing. Think nothing.

Turn everything off.

Even your mind.

When you feel the urge to speak out, breathe instead.

Shush yourself.

Shush yourself again and again.

See what unfolds.

What do you discover at the core of your being?

Maybe you aren’t going screen-free this week. Maybe you aren’t interested in being quiet. If so, there are always past weekly intentions you can read and take hold of — do only what you need right now. You’ll know what’s calling you.


'78/365 My Un-Self *Explored*' photo (c) 2007, Rachel Carter - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
To be Awesomely Awake, we must power down a little each day.  We’re not of the belief that a whole week or a whole month or a whole year, is necessary.  Instead, we feel it’s more important to unplug at various times every day to make time to appreciate real things, do real things and see real things — all without a filter of a pixeled screen. Technology is NOT going anywhere. We have to learn to balance it with life. Real life is so much more beautiful. Sometimes we must be reminded to stop, unplug and LIVE. Here is a list of ways to Unplug in honor of Screen-Free Week that starts Monday, April 30 when you are encouraged to go without for a full week. How will you turn on your life? Here’s a really, amazing way to start …
Unplug.
Power down.
Hide.
Walk through the woods.
Leave the phone at home.
Turn everything off.
Pick up a book.
Read a magazine.
Touch something real.
Talk to someone in person.
Call someone on the phone.
Hug your husband.
Ask your wife how her day was.
Stare at each other.
Say nothing.
Sit in silence.
Pick flowers
Dig in the dirt.
Lay in the grass.
Stare at the sky.
Knead dough.
Shop at a farm stand.
Walk where you need to go.
Update your kids instead of Facebook.
Tweet like a real bird.
Pretend to be a rock star.
Be the tickle monster.
Throw a pillow fight.
Throw a mini-party for your family.
Thank someone.
Write a letter.
Write a poem.
Turn up the music.
Hold your partner’s hand.
Give a massage.
Repeat these words: I am enough.
Sit on the porch instead of the computer chair.
Get outside.
Take a bath.
Light a candle.
Meditate.
Pray.
Dance.
Drink lemonade.
Run.
Make something.
Create art.
Love this life.
Stay Awake.
Now it’s your turn. What do you love to do when you power down your gadgets and break free of the status updates? How would you love to spend an hour, two hours or a whole day without a computer or phone to check? Also, please feel free to comment on the new look of Awesomely Awake, too. I’d love your feedback. I was going for whimsy and color to mix things up a bit. It will take some getting used to! Also, be sure to sign up to receive our first newsletter, when we’ll release the Awesomely Awake Manifesto.


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