My name is Lindsay and I’m an herbalist, wellness guide, yoga teacher, poet, and small business owner with a former life (I suppose I’m old enough to have a former life now) in non-profit management and social services. I geek out on plants every day. I have a permanent reversed manicure of rich, black soil under my nails.
I don’t wear make-up but sometimes like to paint my face. I sing whenever I want to and like the fact that “work” takes me out into the wilds, weeds, and hollers… I seek out hot springs and count my pennies like my great grandmother would. I count my blessings, too. I’m 38 years young and falling in love with the challenges, heartbreaks, joys, and beauties of this world with each waning day.
I think that Einstein can preface my answer to this question ~
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Technology is linked with the rational mind. To me, it is supposed to be a faithful servant to magic, intuition, tradition, art, and creativity. Technology has instead become the means in which we go about relating to the world. This is truly a crisis of the spirit.
About five years ago I moved from my home in San Francisco to Appalachia. I had been living in SF for 7 years. Before that Eastern Europe for 2 years. I’m originally from Mississippi and had decided to move back South by some internal prodding of unknown source. I followed this instinctual tug and found myself in a holler in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Nobody really complains about it. If I have to meet someone, they learn that they have to be more intentional about setting a good location and time as they know they can’t reach me if something goes awry.
It hasn’t affected my professional life at all. I’ve trained customers of the apothecary to pay with cash or check and that’s been fine. Of course, there are moments when I lose a sale to someone who could really use my products. But, they just bring cash next time.
I like this question. I look around. I look at people. I look at the place I am waiting. I feel things. I sense things. I work on being present and taking it all in. I talk to people. Sometimes I go through my paper planner and scratch some things off and write some things in…
I love talking in person. When I am able, that’s what I make time and space for. I also love movement and dance. It’s a lovely form of communication.I used to go to the Asheville Dance Collective’s dance ‘waves’ on Saturdays when I lived in Appalachia. Everyone was to leave their cell phones outside the room. When we entered the large, wooden floored room, we weren’t to talk ~ only dance.We were led by a DJ from mellow music to ecstatic music and then back to serene sounds. A wave would easily have 100 people present on a Saturdaymorning. And, we would all be laying on the ground all sweaty by the end of the wave. It was amazing. My kind of communication!
While not having a cell phone, I happened upon the documentary film ‘Full Signal’ (you can watch it on YouTube for free). I realized that I was playing my small part in creating a safer, saner world by not using a cell phone.
If I were transient and wasn’t rooted in my home that I am in now, I might consider getting one. But, considering that I’ve got 4 years under my belt, I think I could figure it out.
Start small and simple. Chose one thing and ‘fast’ for a month and see what happens. My first fast was from movies and I did it for one year. During that time, I really noticed how much my friends talked about movies they had seen or wanted to see. It was really crazy and seemed obsessive! I realized now much I engaged in those conversations at one time, as well. Slowly, and without effort, people just stopped talking about movies with me. And, I’ve really liked things this way.
Thanks so much for sharing, Lindsay! Are any of you guys cell phone-less? Or just smart phone-less? I went without a data plan till about a year and a half ago!