Today, I turned off our TV. As in, cancelled our cable. We still have internet – yes, I *am* Captain Obvious.
I have considered cancelling our cable service for several months now, but have held off because a) I thought we were under a contract until June or July thanks to a conversation with an, apparently, less than honest Comcast employee a few months ago and b) I had to persuade Hubby. Convincing him was a little easier when I laid out exactly how often we watch TV and the cost for the various online options as far as sports and movies in comparison to how much we pay for cable on a monthly basis.
All I did was turn off the TV, but it feels like so much more. As I sit here, reflecting on the day, I am struck by the overwhelming quiet and calm feeling that has enveloped our home.
I know: deep. Bear with me if you can.
Vinyassa Yoga was a huge part of my life three years ago. I spent approximately fifteen to twenty hours a week learning about and practicing power yoga. If you have ever practiced yoga, you know that it is about so much more than just fitness. It is about being present and connecting with the energy around you and the spirit within. For me, as a christian, it was also dedicated time, everyday, that I spent connecting with God – “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;” (Psalm 37:7 NIV).
My life has changed significantly since then, but I have held on to that experience. I have continued to live my life as a yogi, to the best of my ability, through pregnancy, childbirth, and my first year postpartum. I have tried to love my body, consume wholesome and organic foods, find quiet time for prayer and reflection, and find contentment (santosha) in every situation (one of my biggest struggles).
Despite these efforts, I felt our life had gotten too loud and chaotic. I see the cancellation of our cable as a step in the right direction. Our home is now a quiet santuary, where we can choose to watch a movie or stream a baseball game, but everything we watch, from this point forward, will be done with mindfulness and intention. THAT makes me happy. After all, it is the little things that make the biggest difference sometimes, right?