What does it mean to be more present? To be here and now? Being present means being focused on one thing at a time. A conversation, a project, a task at hand. Without distraction or wanting to be somewhere else, without being lost in thought. Just being.
With our extreme dependence on technology and the internet; we’ve become more present online, and less present in ourselves and our surroundings. Our senses have become over-stimulated with audio-visual and haptic content. This stimulation leaves our mind numb, confused and racing for more to binge on, while also becoming sleep deprived.
We spend almost every waking moment, with our phone in mind. If we’re not looking at the screen for the purpose of consuming content or connecting with others, we’re thinking whether new information worth seeing has been uploaded, or if any of our friends or family have texted us.
To be present is very simple. Just go offline. Being constantly connected to the internet is to be constantly bombarded with new messages from Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. While friends and family have direct access to your attention also. These distractions are external distractions, which can be easily solved by simply going offline.
But what about the other distractions? Internal distractions. Simple thoughts like, “What’s today’s weather like?” can derail you and change your whole day. Because it’s not just one quick Google search, or one message to a friend.
This page itself was an experiment to see what it would be like, to simply disconnect, and be able to spend at least 5 minutes a day without constant access to the world. To be fully present with ourselves by ourselves.