A life unplugged may seem hard to achieve. With all the mesmerizing tools we now have to stay plugged into each others’ lives, it can feel strange to disconnect from all that.
After much experimenting, I think each person’s body is unique, requires different types of care, fuel and healing modalities. Similarly, the level of digital connectedness our minds feel towards each other is relative to each of our unique needs. Keep experimenting every day and listen to your mind and body. Some days we may feel like we need more digital connectivity and some days we may feel that we need to back off. To each his own. So long as we keep our minds open and available to new ideas and ways of being, I believe we are all doing great.
Before you start thinking this post is about stepping back from all the connectivity related to the digital world, let me assure you that it is not!. My purpose in this post is to share my personal experience which represents a different way to physically unplug yourself, a way that will benefit the planet, your wallet and your health.
I am referring to the countless electrical tools and appliances we own, powered by the electric outlets in our homes. Many of the appliances we keep plugged in when the items are not in use, are still drawing electricity from the sockets. Since the exact amount of watts each appliance is consuming is heavily debated, I hesitate to give an exact number. But the fact remains the electricity is still used when some appliances are kept plugged in when not in use. Click here for an article that delves deeper into specifics on appliance wattage usage.
A few years ago, I would not have acknowledged the connection between our personal electricity consumption and the resulting strain on the planet. Now, when I see an electrical socket with cords plugged in and nothing in use, I cringe! We may not realize it but the fact is that our actions have a strenuous effect on the resources of this planet we all share. Unplugging cords when an item is not in use is one of the simplest ways we can reduce our personal footprint load. At first, remembering to take that extra step to unplug things may feel like a nuisance but I assure you that after a while, it will become a constructive and routine step throughout your day.
I am falling asleep and feeling incredibly comfortable. I remember that I left a cord plugged in. It takes every ounce of motivation I can muster to get out of bed to disconnect that damn cord when these moments occur! But I am motivated. I know that if I choose to ignore the thought, I will be passively using electricity for 8 unnecessary hours. I get up, I unplug the cord and I crawl back into bed, knowing that I am making a difference.
Not only will the act of unplugging give the planet a much needed rest, but it will also do you a monetary favor. We are still being charged on our monthly bills for electricity even if we are not actively using an appliance. By unplugging our cords when not in use, we can lower our electricity bills by 10% a month! I speak from experience when I say that this is possible. My bill is substantially lower each month now that I turn lights off and unplug everything I can when not actively using it.
My current living space is very small and delightful. Since establishing the habit of unplugging my cords, I have noticed my space is more serene. Not to get too hokey about it all but it really can have a positive psychological effect on our well being when the electrical energy surrounding us is kept to a minimum. I have read that even the smallest source of light can effect our sleep patterns negatively.
What about when we want to relax?
When we want to sip a cup of tea, read a book or just sit in silence?
Even though we may not be able to physically detect the electrical frequencies in our environment, they can have a negative effect on our ability to wind down after a long day. Electrical frequencies can act as an invisible distraction. One more distraction we really do not need wouldn’t you say?
Try a little experiment. Unplug as many cords as you can and as often as you can for one month and just see if you notice a difference. Maybe it will be the lower electricity bill that motivates you or the fact that you will be giving the planet a high five by unplugging those cords. Maybe the lower electrical frequencies surrounding you at all times will help you relax and achieve deeper states of calm throughout your day. It doe not matter where the motivation comes from. keep experimenting. Keep thinking, asking questions and enjoying the journey.
Here are two links to previous environmental posts on Treehouse Chatter:
Two more links to previous posts on how to slow down on Treehouse Chatter:
How do you unplug? What are your thoughts on the impact our actions have on our planet and ourselves?
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