MY TOP 6 WAYS TO UNPLUG & DISCONNECT
On Tuesday, World Meditation Day, 700 people joined me at Fabric in Clerkenwell, London for an evening of meditation. As Sound Sebastien, I opened the event playing a 30-minute sound bath with my other half Nick, which led beautifully into a DJ set from B Trait, a guided meditation by Will Williams, a DJ set from Jordan Rakei and spoken word by Akala. It was so powerful and empowering to be in a room with so many people all committed to disconnecting from their busy city lives. In the spirit of this, I wanted to share my top tips on switching off that work for me — even when my mind wants to go at a million miles per hour!
1. LOSE THE BLUE LIGHT
We are always on our phones, laptops, iPads, etc. and then go home and watch TV! My Ayurvedic doctor warned me that it takes our brains two to three hours to process imaging — worth remembering if you want a proper night's sleep, so avoid your devices from dinner onwards to give yourself a proper break. Set your phone to Night Shift so the light on your device mirrors the rising and setting of the sun, changing seasonally. This will prevent all this stimulation from interfering with a good night's rest.
2. GET OUT INTO NATURE
In the UK we are blessed with so many beautiful parks — a 30-minute walk in a green space will make you feel like you're a million miles away from the thrumming streets of a town or city. Barefoot on the soil or grass helps you to energetically ground. If greenery is lacking, look to the sky, smile and throw back your shoulders so that your heart opens to face it.
3. NURTURE YOUR ENERGY
City life is fast-paced — we’re always on the go. We’re switched on and stimulated constantly from the moment we wake up to the moment we sleep, even if you think you're relaxing with music and TV. All of this requires lots of yang (outwards) energy, spending the day driving forward physically and/or mentally. Yin focus allows us to draw our energy inwards, cultivate it and restore our reservoir of chi in the body. Mentally, this helps us with the practice of acceptance and letting go, as, for most of us, becoming totally still harbours the belief we are not achieving, whereas the modern world is constantly pushing us to do so.
4. COME BACK TO THE BODY
Check your posture: is your jaw clenched? Is your neck on an angle? Are you slumped? Sitting straight? Are your legs crossed? Get realigned to let the energy flow. Pull back your shoulders to open your heart and draw in more of that good energy.
5. BREATHE OR MEDITATE
When you are feeling overwhelmed, just breathe. Mentally follow your breath; take a moment to slow down and focus on it for a few moments to encourage it to gently flow. Whether you can make a regular meditation practice or you can’t, just thinking about your meditation practice will allow your body to relax, something we often forget to do.
6. EXPRESS GRATITUDE
Take time to be thankful for what you have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Whatever your work, be present and pay respect to your craft. As soon as you take time, you’ll bring yourself back into the now. Think to yourself, “I remember when I really wanted the stuff I have now" — feeling grateful for what you have brings with it a new bout of happy energy.