The technology paradox: it allows us to be connected 24/7 which increases our overload and states of stress – but it can now also be used to disconnect us and bring us to a balanced state of mind and body.
Is a Smartphone app the answer? Can it gauge the state of your mind and then give you the steps to realign your body, mind and spirit to a place of calm and comfort?
The Huffington Post has announced a new product to launch this month according to Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief. It is an app called “GPS for the Soul”.
‘The philosophy behind it is based on two truths about human beings. First, that we all have within us a centered place of wisdom, harmony, and balance. This truth is embraced by a vast range of the world’s religions…….The second truth is that we’re all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. That’s the nature of life. In fact, we may be off-course more often than we are on-course.’
An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that this extreme connectedness is jeopardizing our ability to balance our lives. The expectation to be available 24/7 is setting one up for a burnout as we eliminate the balance in our lives between work and disconnecting from work.
With this new GPS for the Soul, a sensor will monitor your stress levels and then connect you to whatever you need in order to get to a place of balance, such as music, family photos, even vacation places.
One software developer has even created an app, called ‘Freedom‘, that allows you to cut off your on-line accessibility for a period of time!
It’s an interesting idea. Use the very technology that produces increased stress in our lives to sensor that stress and remind us of things that will help us quickly regain a sense of peace and balance.
But is there a another way to find balance and mental peace, perhaps even before we reach a stress level where a sensor has to remind us to calm down? There is. Do we really need technology to re-establish balance in our thinking? Not necessarily. I have found that prayer and a spiritual practice have helped me find a consistent state of calm and balanced living and wellness. As a result, I’m less likely to allow increased use of technology, modern demands on my time and day to day challenges to create stress in the first place.
I guess you could call it a spiritual GPS that is always on hand providing a clear map to a balanced and calm mental state
As the Huffington Post article suggests, we have within us the ability to find balance in our lives; we just occasionally get off-course and the ‘GPS for the Soul’ is billed as one way to steer us back on course again. There are others.