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Gracie (detail) by Aleah Klay

Scary as it is to admit, I once walked by my own children at the end of a workday, offering them just a quick nod on my way to get to my email, and it wasn’t as if I was expecting a note from the president.I am not alone in this. For me, this experience, both acted out and witnessed by me, was a turning point. I suddenly woke up, perhaps by grace or some other force, and was in touch with what’s most important to me, my deepest longing, which is not email but loving relationships with my children and other human beings.Perhaps it was a subtle expression in my daughter’s clear blue (and confused) eyes that awakened my deeper wisdom. But whatever force of love and awareness startled me into a larger consciousness, I am deeply grateful for its assistance. Thankfully, I was listening. In that moment, I dropped out of my mind, which wanted to connect to the Internet, and reconnected with my heart, which wanted to connect with my children.I realized that my behavior was not OK with me. I wasn’t comfortable with who I had become around technology. I was disappointed in how I was allowing my mind to turn my com …

Adapted from The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World, by Nancy Colier, published this month by Sounds True.


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