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How to Balance Technology Time with Real Connection Time

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Like most people in these times, I am pretty addicted to my phone and computer. OK, I’m very addicted! Like most addictions I feel a bit embarrassed about this, especially when I get my weekly unasked-for summary from my phone of the daily hours I’ve spent on it.

Often, I fantasise about getting rid of my phone all together, but the reality is, we are in an online world, and even more so now. I run my own business and rely on being able to share what I do online. But how many of you can relate to going onto IG to post something for work and half an hour later realise you have been scrolling through stories absentmindedly and haven’t even done what you meant to come on for?

I have tried locking my phone in a cupboard, setting ambitious phone free weeks and unsuccessfully forcing my loved ones around me to implement my tech ban, removing all self-responsibility in the process. Unsurprisingly, these measures are rarely successful, as I am really just addressing the surface of the problem.

Over the past couple of weeks I have come to think about why it is that I spend all this time on technology.  I notice I spend a lot more time on my phone when I am tired and overworked. In this state, I am often looking for empty distraction and it can feel hard to do something more restorative like meditation or a self-practice, even if I know it’s better for me. These patterns often lead me to sleeping badly, where I go back to falling asleep to the monotonous scroll of IG stories, wake up checking emails and spiking my stress response, and getting deeper and deeper into an unhealthy cycle.

So then the question is, why do I still end up so tired and overworked so regularly? When I use the practice of Tantra to explore what is sitting underneath my default behaviours, I am able to get a better understanding of what is happening and how I can address it. I have discovered that my workaholism often comes from a place of not feeling worthy enough just as I am. A lot of my identity has been placed in my ability to be a capable, accomplished, working person and detaching this from my true worth can be incredibly confronting. But living in this cycle of working hard, exhaustion, collapsing in a heap and repeat is losing its charm. I don’t want to keep repeating this pattern forever, and am starting to realise there is more to me than just my ability to get a lot done.

So over the next few weeks, I am going to try a gentler approach to first address the reason I default back to passive technology use so often, and to then keep encouraging myself back to restorative rest (e.g. meditation, time in nature, creative play time, cooking etc) vs passive rest (watching netflix, mindless eating, phone scrolling etc.)

If you would like to join me in this, I would love to hear how you go.

Continue reading below for an excerpt from the Eliyah Soul Centred Business Manual by Chantelle Raven, which is part of the online course and which goes further into how you can balance your technology time with the rest of your life.

At the end of the blog there are also some further suggestions to support you in implementing more technology free time in your life.

With Love,

Xx Erin and Raven

 

EXCERPT FROM THE SOUL CENTERED BUSINESS MANUAL by Chantelle Raven

Are you the type of person who is constantly distracted by your phone, frenetically responding to messages, checking social media and flicking between emails?  Stressing and feeling anxious when the battery is low?  Replacing real connection with cyber-space connection?  This is so draining to your energy and it’s definitely not honouring to the people you are with.  What would it feel like to switch your phone to “do not disturb” whenever you are with people or set time aside to connect with yourself?  Technology is a huge interruption not only to your social time but also to your capacity to just be here, in the now, feeling what there is to feel, experiencing what there is to experience, learning what there is to learn and listening to what there is to listen to.

You cannot balance connection with purpose if you are always being distracted with social media, messages and emails. 

What if you were more curious about the people and experiences available to you, instead of hunching over your phone and ending up with a foggy head and aching fingers?  What if you gave yourself permission to stop working or filling the void and chose instead, to be fully present?  How often do you kick back and absorb the atmosphere without checking your phone or being in a constant state of restless technological input and output?  Have you ever thought that life could BE a meditation if you could relax, breath in and out deeply, and become lovingly aware of whatever was in front of you? 

Smartphones steal not only this moment, but also our creativity and the time and space to actually think, observe and feel.  They create a kind of relentlessness energy of distraction from the physical reality surrounding you.  I called time on this creeping relentlessness a few weeks back by turning off my phone at dinner and then not turning it back on until after my morning practice.  This has made a world of difference, as has putting my phone on flight mode and/or “offline” periodically throughout the day.  I have been able to sustain more focus, practice meditation more deeply as a way of life and give my loved ones the full attention they deserve.  I can see now where I was neglecting them for my phone!  Given my natural pull towards responding to people straight away, caretaking, making sure everything and everyone is okay, this has been a significant achievement for me.  Setting aside time to just rest or sit in silence at intervals throughout the day just watching my thoughts and feelings, has also helped hugely. 

It’s extremely hard to justify taking time out for myself sometimes, between my responsibilities and the children, but it is always worth it, and I am now managing to do this several times a day.  It’s difficult to put into words the difference that it makes because it’s quite intangible and subtle – yet so profound.  Not surprisingly, it makes me more productive and helps me to feel calmer around kids.  It’s really just a very small part of the day dedicated to acknowledging how I feel and where I am.  It’s incredibly simple.  It’s not a self-help technique or guided visualisation.  It’s just a pause, full inhales and exhales, then a checking in of what’s going on “in there”.

We need to think of our mental health in the same way we do our physical health.  We understand the stress and exhaustion of physical hard work yet struggle to do the same for our psychological wellbeing.  Similarly, our view of conditions such as depression and anxiety should acknowledge that mental wellbeing is a spectrum.  It’s not a case of being labelled with a mental illness or not.  We are all susceptible to stress, anxiety and exhaustion, which all too often lead to depression.  I take my mental health seriously.  I need to have a consistent release of tension through breath, sound and movement, and I also need to consciously go into a meditative state “on and off the mat” which provides a space for release too. 

This can be done when you are alone and when people are around – so long as your phone isn’t going off all the time and distracting you!  I’ve also started leaving my phone at home at different times, which is a great practice.

Technology can be amazing – it saves us time, makes communication easier and speedier, gives us access to so much information that is informative and enlightening – if it is balanced with real, present, technology-free time. 

HOW TO IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY FREE TIME

If you find yourself resistant to, or struggling to implement technology free time, start with small steps.

  • Turn your phone off at dinner time
  • Leave your phone and computer in another room overnight, so you can at least start your day in presence with yourself, and not immediately to scrolling social media, checking emails etc.
  • Consider a tech-free day once a week, perhaps on a weekend
  • Sit with and reflect on whatever emotions arise when you remove technology from your day and then use some of the tools we have shared in these blogs to move the emotion and resistance through the body for example, Daily Practices to Shift Stress or our Tantric Somatic Meditation Practice.
  • Develop a Daily Practice, ideally in the morning, to start your day without technology and spending time checking in with yourself
  • Reach out for support. Find someone or a few people who might be keen to try and implement more technology free time in their lives and start an accountability group when you check in and support each other with your progress.

 

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The results you experience will come from your own effort and motivation. We do
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are quietly confident this will change your life and we wholehearted welcome
people that are passionate and energised about doing this work.

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Payments shall be made to the Owed Party via automatic debit from the card that the Owing Party provides details for at the time of initial purchase via the Embodied Awakening Academy website.

It is the Owing Party’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient funds available in anticipation of each future charge. If they need to change their card details, it is their responsibility to contact the Embodied Awakening Academy at least seven (7) days before a payment is due.

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This deposit and the payment plan is non-refundable. If you change your mind or withdraw for any reason, you are still obliged to continue to meet your payments, meaning you must complete your payment plan in full and you will not be given a refund of any kind.

4. Purchase Agreements

  • This purchase is non-refundable + you are trusting your desire to be involved.
  • If you are using a payment plan, you are obligated to pay every quarter (3 months).
  • The results you experience will come from your own effort and motivation. We do not guarantee results or earnings as a result of doing this training … although we are quietly confident this will change your life and we wholehearted welcome people that are passionate and energised about doing this work.

5. Remaining Payments, Failures & Notifications

Remaining payments will be automatically deducted from the Owing Party’s credit card details, as entered at deposit purchase. Whilst the Owing Party cannot cancel or delete their credit card details as it is linked to their subscription, they can add an alternate payment method (i.e., update credit card details) in the payment system via their user dashboard.

In the event that the Owing Party fails to make any payments in accordance with the Payment Plan by the due date, the payment system will retry the payment five times, at the following intervals:

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After all attempts have been exhausted, the Order Status will change from pending to cancelled, and the Payment Plan/Subscription Status will change from pending to on-hold.  The Owing Parties’ access to the online training will then be paused indefinitely.

In the event that the Owing Party anticipates that they cannot make a payment by a payment due date, it is their responsibility to contact the Owed Party. These payment terms are absolute and final, however we also take a compassionate approach, so if there is a legitimate emergency requiring you to renegotiate a payment due date, please contact our team and this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis (training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com).

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The first payment acts as a deposit that secures your place in the training, and the following 3 payments occur every 3 months from the date of payment, for a total of 9 months.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Payment #1 (deposit payment): This payment will be charged immediately on purchase, any time prior to the program commencing to secure the client’s place in the program.  Program commences on 1st March.  
Payment #2: Three months days from initial payment date
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Payment #4: Nine months days from initial payment date

The following terms and conditions apply to this purchase:

‘The Owing Party’ refers to the client purchasing the training.

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1. Reasonable Belief

The Owing Party reasonably believes it can pay the Owed Party without further interruption.

2. Method of Payment

Payments shall be made to the Owed Party via automatic debit from the card that the Owing Party provides details for at the time of initial purchase via the Embodied Awakening Academy website.

It is the Owing Party’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient funds available in anticipation of each future charge. If they need to change their card details, it is their responsibility to contact the Embodied Awakening Academy at least seven (7) days before a payment is due.

3. No Refund Policy

This deposit and the payment plan is non-refundable. If you change your mind or withdraw for any reason, you are still obliged to continue to meet your payments, meaning you must complete your payment plan in full and you will not be given a refund of any kind.

4. Remaining Payments, Failures & Notifications

Remaining payments will be automatically deducted from the Owing Party’s credit card details, as entered at deposit purchase. Whilst the Owing Party cannot cancel or delete their credit card details as it is linked to their subscription, they can add an alternate payment method (i.e., update credit card details) in the payment system via their user dashboard.

In the event that the Owing Party fails to make any payments in accordance with the Payment Plan by the due date, the payment system will retry the payment five times, at the following intervals:

  • 12 hours after initial failure
  • 1 day after initial failure
  • 2 days after initial failure
  • 4 days after initial failure
  • 7 days after initial failure

After all attempts have been exhausted, the Order Status will change from pending to cancelled, and the Payment Plan/Subscription Status will change from pending to on-hold.  The Owing Parties’ access to the online training will then be paused indefinitely.

In the event that the Owing Party anticipates that they cannot make a payment by a payment due date, it is their responsibility to contact the Owed Party. These payment terms are absolute and final, however we also take a compassionate approach, so if there is a legitimate emergency requiring you to renegotiate a payment due date, please contact our team and this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis (training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com).

5. No Modification Unless in Writing

No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and agreed upon by both Parties. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

GENERAL WAIVER

This Event (workshop/course/retreat) is for educational purposes only. The Embodied Awakening Academy (EAA) and our subsidiaries, owners, principals, directors, executives, employees, staff, or agents are not mental health professionals, licensed medical practitioners, doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, or other professionally licensed health care providers or professionals. The material related to the Event will not treat or diagnose any disease, illness, or ailment and if you should experience any such issues you should seek the advice and examination of your registered physician or practitioner as determined by your own judgement.

You understand the educational materials related to the Event is not a substitute for health care or medical advice of any kind. You understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your mental well-being, including your mental and physical choices and decisions.

You agree to seek medical advice as determined by your own judgement before taking any action in connection to the information provided or discontinuing use of any medications as prescribed by your medical practitioner. We shall in no event be held liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of this material.

You acknowledge that during this Event you participate voluntarily in any and all activities arranged by the organisers, and insofar as legally permissible, surrender your right to any cause of action against Embodied Awakening Academy arising from any loss or damage to person, financial loss or property that occurs during the Event.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY

Embodied Awakening Academy does not accept any liability of whatever nature, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, for the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third-party providers over whom Embodied Awakening Academy has no direct control. Under circumstances where liability cannot be excluded, such liability is limited to the value of the purchased travel arrangements. Embodied Awakening Academy does not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any injury, damage, loss (including consequential loss), delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control and which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part.

CANCELLATION POLICY

1) COVID-19

With regards to Covid-19, if you are unable to travel due to government enforced travel restrictions, border closures or quarantine enforcement, we will happily allow you to transfer your ticket to another of our events (within a year) or use the credit for online courses, which will incur a $120 USD administration fee. If you choose to cancel your ticket, then you forfeit your deposit amount.

  1.  10 days or more prior to event start date: full transfer of ticket price to another EAA event within 12 months of retreat start date
  2.  under 10 days out from event start date: you will forfeit your deposit and the rest of your ticket amount paid will be transferred to another event of your choosing, within 12 months of retreat start date

2) IF EMBODIED AWAKENING ACADEMY (EAA) CANCELS AN EVENT:

While we will endeavour to never cancel an event, if Embodied Awakening Academy cancels an event, or changes a scheduled event date, due to circumstances within our direct control, then you are entitled to:

  • A transfer of your full event payment amount, as credit towards either a scheduled or a future event within three (3) years of the original event date, subject to availability of tickets. Or,
  • You may request a full refund of the ticket amount received into our account, minus any transfer fees.  While we will try to minimize transfers fees to the best of our ability, refund transfer fees will be borne by the customer where applicable

3) IF EAA IS FORCED TO CANCEL AN EVENT DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL:

While we will endeavour to never cancel an event, if Embodied Awakening Academy is forced to cancel or change a scheduled event date due, for any reasons or circumstance outside of our control, including but not limited to: acts of God (e.g. volcanic eruption, extreme weather events, viral pandemic), war, terrorism, change of laws and regulations, political and/or social unrest, then you are entitled to:
  • A transfer of your full event payment amount (minus a $80 USD administration fee) will be transferred as credit towards either a scheduled or a future event within three (3) years of the original event date, subject to availability of tickets. Or,
  • You may request a refund of your applicable payment/s, minus the non-refundable deposit, without exception. Full price tickets include the non-refundable deposit as outlined in the event description.  The non-refundable deposit is retained to pay for non-retrievable costs to which Embodied Awakening Academy has committed in anticipation of your event.

In all cases, Embodied Awakening Academy is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled event such as other accommodation, airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with your attendance.

The responsibility to recover the non-refundable deposit from your insurance company is entirely yours, and we strongly suggest obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that includes event cancellation upon purchasing tickets to this event.

Tickets that are transferred to a future event are subject to the Terms & Conditions outlined in the new event that is being attended, once registration is complete.  Until then, the current event terms and conditions remain applicable.

4) If a participant decides to cancel their attendance at an EAA event, for any reason whatsoever

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT: Deposits are strictly non-refundable.  Full price tickets include the non-refundable deposit as outlined in the retreat description.

If forty-five (45) days or more prior to the event start date you are unable to attend the event, for whatever reason, you may receive a refund of the amount paid to date, minus the non-refundable deposit, provided you notify the Embodied Awakening Academy (info@embodiedawakeningacademy.com) at least forty-five (45) days prior to the start of the event date.

If under forty-five (45) days out from the event start date you are unable to attend the event, for whatever reason, you will forfeit your deposit and any funds already paid and are NOT eligible for a transfer of enrolment to another event or product.  Non-arrival will also incur the full amount of the booking.

We are financially responsible for our events, so we ask you to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement.

PAYMENT PLANS

Once a payment plan is entered into, the amount owing is to be paid in full by the date specified by the Event Manger (via email and ticket invoice).  If part way through your payment plan, or at the end of the payment plan, you cannot make the event, the EMBODIED AWAKENING ACADEMY CANCELLATION POLICY is applicable.

REFUSAL OF ENTRY

Embodied Awakening Academy reserve the right to refuse a ticket holder admission to the event or to evict that person from the event if the person is intoxicated, disruptive, aggressive, offensive, harassing and/or threatening any staff or other participants.

PASSPORT & VISA

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities is your sole responsibility.

All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return.

TRANSPORT TO AND FROM EVENT

Transport to and from the event is your responsibility to organise and pay, and to ensure that you arrive before the event starts, and that you have sufficient time to get to the airport after the event closes.  Event start and finish times are given in the event description.

INSURANCE

Personal Travel and Health Insurance is advised and is your responsibility to ensure that you purchase suitable comprehensive travel/holiday and protection insurance with a reputable insurance company, that is suitable to your needs to cover any unforeseen circumstances of your non-travel to or attendance of the event in case interstate or overseas travel is required.

THIRD PARTIES

Embodied Awakening Academy holds no responsibility for the actions or omissions of third parties or independent contractors, including in the event that they modify the nature of a service on an Event as compared with the advertised nature of the service.

PRIOR MEDICAL CONDITION RESPONSIBILITY AND WAIVER

Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and event support staff are there to support you and provide you with a premium event experience. Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff are not to be relied on in place of your current health care professional or medical doctor while attending the event.

On choosing to attend an event you assume personal responsibility to manage your current physical or mental health condition while attending the event. Full disclosure of your current medical situation including but not limited to all relevant treatments and medications to Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff prior to the event and any changes occurring during the event period must be communicated. While during the event, if you require emergency medical attention in relation to your current medical condition Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff will work with you to facilitate and locate a suitable health care professional.

If you’re situation requires consistent medical or health care support, please arrange this prior to arrival with a local health care professional to support you while attending the event, or choose to attend the event with your chosen health care professional from country of origin.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Note: If you do not wish to be personally filmed or photographed during the event you must communicate this to the trainers on arrival and we will refrain from using any identifiable images or videos of your person on our media platforms and digital content.

I hereby grant to Embodied Awakening Academy the absolute and irrevocable right and unrestricted permission to use photographic portraits / images / videos in which I feature that are taken during the course of the Event to use / republish / copyright, etc. for commercial use in association with Embodied Awakening Academy business.  I hereby release and discharge Embodied Awakening Academy from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs and video footage, including without limitation any and all claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

EVENT CONDITIONS

  • I understand that this Event is about exploring and expanding my consciousness. I understand that my participation is voluntary, and I am able to not partake in any exercises that are contrary to my values and beliefs. It is my responsibility to choose not to participate.
  • I agree that any of the teachers, session givers, organisers, support team and fellow participants are not responsible for any physical or mental issues that may arise from my participation
  • I will wholly and truthfully declare all of my current and previous health conditions before arriving to the event and am registering into this event as someone who is mentally, emotionally & physically fit to participate (all this information will be held in utmost privacy and will not be disclosed to anybody outside of Embodied Awakening Academy Support Staff as required)
  • I understand that if I purchase an Under 21’s ticket (if applicable), I may be asked to provide evidence of my age such as a driver’s licence or passport
  • I understand that throughout this Event I may undergo activities that impact me emotionally, mentally and physically and it is my responsibility to seek adequate care and support should I need it
  • I understand if I need support beyond the Facilitators and Support Team to contact a Crisis Care Centre such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 and seek adequate help and support from a trained professional.
  • I will not take drugs during this event (prescription okay)
  • I understand the Event Outline, as described in the Event Description, may differ depending on what Participants need, as a whole, as Embodied Awakening Academy values intuition above all modalities.