When I leave my phone at home, while walking my dog Buddy, I feel free! Lighter. More present.
When I leave my phone at home, sometimes I wish I had it!
Like this morning... when I was just a block from home and felt a car slowing down and stopping near me, turned around, and saw it was a couple I know who lives several blocks away. Their dog loves Buddy. And pretty sure Buddy loves her too. Sometimes we'd walk together. Sometimes the dogs would play.
But it's been a long time now. So when they pulled over to say hi, and rolled down the windows, with their dog in the back, I wish I had my phone. I wish I could have taken a picture. But I couldn't, because I didn't. And so now I'm writing about it instead.
When I leave my phone at home, I have so many insights, so many ideas! Sometimes. Most of the time. But sometimes, just quiet.
When I leave my phone at home, sometimes I wish I had it so I could record voice memos when those insights and ideas are flowing!
But, oh, how good it feels to go walk without it.
When I leave my phone at home, I see the coolest things!
Like drawings of hearts posted around the neighborhood. Or flower buds about to blossom. Or a bunny rabbit running through a yard. Or this morning it was an almost hidden painted rock that said "spread love only." Or was it "just spread love"? I will see if it's still there the next time I walk and don't leave my phone at home....
When I leave my phone at home, I get to rest my voice. But sometimes I love talking with friends while walking the dog! Sometimes that's the best.
When I leave my phone at home, I get to give my ears a rest, just taking in the ambient sounds. But sometimes listening to music while walking is just what I want and need. Sometimes it even makes me start singing and dancing while walking down the street!
When I leave my phone at home, it's usually a conscious choice. And this morning I chose to go without it. Now I'm about to choose to take it along so that I can talk to a friend or listen to some uplifting songs.
What about you? Do you ever leave your phone at home? When going for a walk or even somewhere else, like the store?
What would it be like to leave it at home? Or at least put it in airplane mode?
Rebecca Clio Gould is a Certified Sheng Zhen Teacher and Holistic Wellness Coach. Her specialties include self-love, embodied joy, women's sexuality, spirituality, surgery preparation, and trauma recovery. She is also a Supreme Science Qigong Instructor, Essence vs Form Coach, and Award-winning Author of "The Multi-Orgasmic Diet: Embrace Your Sexual Energy and Awaken Your Senses for a Healthier, Happier, Sexier You."