Cyborgs Appreciate Nature

As techies we’re inclined to stay cooped up inside with our electronics, and our cozy homes. Cyborgs exist with and without tech but they should also strive to find the Balance of living with Nature. Humans in many fields have attempted to recognize the importance that nature, the outdoors and other living things have in our lives. Some say Nature Changes our Brain for the better, others claim that Nature Impacts Our Well-being,  and yet others would argue that Nature is Essential!

Make time this spring and summer to do some activities outdoors. Instead of going to the gym, maybe you walk outside on the bike trails. Maybe instead of having tea at a restaurant for brunch you invite everyone over for some patio time. There are a lot of budget friendly and Free Outdoor Activities that can keep you involved with nature. It will be easy to look up local events like outdoor concerts, fairs and farmer’s markets that can keep you active and getting your nature fill.

I plan on taking my own advice. My yard needs a great deal of work so I’m going to put some time in making it look spectacular this summer. Maybe you can garden your whole yard like I plan to. Maybe you can only have a hanging plant in your apartment. Maybe you can only go to the park downtown. No matter what style your life with nature takes, make sure it is Unique to You! Do so Mindfully and as Spontaneously and make sure to Bring Friends!

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Cyborgs are social

We call it Social Media, and our tech helps us be connected wherever and whenever we like, but are we really being social? We need real, face-to-face contact as well as digital and long-distance communication to maintain a healthy Cyborg life. Don’t fool yourself into believing you’re getting all of the interaction you need from others through phones, or Facebook. Robots might not need to see another robot, but don’t only communicate using tech because you’ll be Isolating  the human side of yourself!

One of the greatest thing about Cyborgs is that they are social! A functioning Cyborg has the Mindfulness to be able to distinguish when they need Real Social Interaction, and when a quick message over text will do. I doubt I’m the first person to tell you that having a Social Network (That isn’t digital) not only helps you emotionally, but also professionally. Becoming a functioning cyborg can help you find the Balance you need to function in your life while maintaining all of the relationships successful cyborgs need.

Find ways of keeping in contact with people that are comfortable for you. Invite people over for your favorite activity and send hand-written letters as the invitations! It also isn’t hard (especially with the internet) to find locations where activities you might be interested in are located. Attend a social work function – you’ll be surprised how many people you work with that can easily become part of your inner circle. Don’t refute the ability of digital networking to help you find places in which you can enrich your life with local face-to-face social interaction. Many groups have Cyborgs at the helm running events and reaching out digitally to find other like-minded folk!

(Re)finding your Groove as a Cyborg

Hello again everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful hiatus over the holidays, particularly with your tech. There’s no better time to shut off your devices than when you’re with friends and family! The holidays are also a good time to get new tech, and I’m sure many of you – like me – got some great new tech in your lives. I’m here to try to help you get back into your grove of Switching Off, Unplugging or finding your personal mix of being connected and living your life.

New tech is always exciting. My first point of advice is learn everything you can about it when you first get it. Read the manual, do all the set up. Don’t let it sit in it’s box, and don’t just jump right in. I want you to know everything there is about your new tech so you can avoid the frustration of it not working later in your life. There’s nothing more time consuming than malfunctioning tech, and I would wager (although I’m not a wagering Cyborg, generally) that most malfunctions are user errors. We can avoid these potentially time-consuming and emotionally hazardous black holes of tech if we know all there is to know about it!

Once you know your tech and have become familiar with it, don’t be afraid to use it. It has a purpose, and it was a gift for something you’ve worked hard to give yourself so don’t waste it! Get the most out of your new tech, but always remember to do so with moderation. Tech exists to alleviate our lives, and in some ways bring little lights into it by making things easier for us, or encouraging us to do and be better. Let the tech help, but do not rely on it for everything.

The example that I can offer up is of my use with my new fitbit. It was a gift to help watch my heart-rate and my daily steps, as well as to manage my calorie intake. This device has many purposes that I learned of the first day I got it, although I do not use all of it’s capabilities. Some people would argue that I am not using my device, my tech, to it’s potential. That may be true, but if I rely so heavily on something, I believe that I will not be doing myself any favors by not reaching my full potential. The fitbit is a step in the right direction of my health, not a crutch that I intend to use every day.

The most wonderful thing about our tech is that most of our devices are entirely customizeable. Keep yourself in mind when  you are adjusting to your life with your new tech. Keep your Balance, maintain your Mindfulness and above all Put YOU First! If a few months down the road you feel as if your tech is once again taking over your life, don’t be afraid to Rethink it!

A Cyborg Lives for the Moment

Learning to Switch Off or Unplug is hard. I’m not going to tell you that living your life starts off easy. Like all new things it takes dedication, and the development of life-long habits. I can tell you however, that especially during this time of year one of the best things that can keep you on track for not living as a robot is to live for the moments. Living for the moment means that when you walk into a friend or family gathering you hug for a few more seconds, you take your coat off, kick your shoes to the corner and snuggle in. Make yourself at home wherever you go!

How do you live for the moment? Well it comes after Breaking your Programming. It means being prepared for Balance. It comes with being Mindful of the wonderful things that you have all around you. Don’t just start each day off thinking “What wonderful things will today bring?” think instead, “What wonderful things will this moment bring?”. Any day has the potential to be filled with insight, love, and comfort, and even the smallest things can show us this. A smile, a laugh, a hug can all bring tiny moments of understanding. Maybe we live for smiles, hugs and laughter.

Sometimes families are stressful. Sometimes you’re the one stuck cooking dinner, or cleaning up the dishes. Sometimes you’re the new one, or the old one and everyone around you is different. No matter what your situation is, there are special moments to be had. If you’re plugged in to work, or your phone or thinking of being somewhere else, those special moments are likely to be missed. Pay attention to yourself and how you feel, and pay attention to the people around you. Let the joy of fellowship fill you up, because humans are social creatures by nature and no matter what anxieties or fears or stressors you have, once you put yourself wholeheartedly into living, you’ll be surprised at how easy it becomes.

Juste Etre: Just Be suggests in “Just ‘Doing’ to Just ‘Being’” that we should look smaller. Pay attention to the little muscles in our bodies as we act or react. Focus. If living in the moment isn’t easy for you, let your focus take control. Focus on how the chair beneath you feels, or the smell of the house around you. In this you’ll find that living in the moment can be a spectacular thing. Living for the Moment may make you happier because you can take delight in smaller things. It may make you more grateful, because you can find joy in even the simplest of activities.

Switched Off – The Beginning

Hello Readers!

Although I’ve been very good at living my life as a Female Robot, I’ve decided to return to offer you new advice. As your Human-Cyborg Relations guide, I’m hoping to give you tips and tricks on how you too can live your life as a Functioning Cyborg in a busy world. The world is full of distraction. We can amuse ourselves with multiple social media accounts, blogs, videos and Buzzfeed is one of my favorites too – do you know which Disney Prince or Princess you are?

Anyway – I’m here to tell you that I get it. The world-wide web is a wonderful place. Many of us work there. Tech lets us be connected all of the time. Being connected all of the time for those of us that love to absorb the world around us is wonderful. All things wonderful though – aside from love – should be taken in moderation. Many of us struggle with the ability to be connected to those around us, even ourselves. For some, finding the ability to be connected isn’t just Unplugging, it is Switching Off.

The Difference Between Unplugged and Switched Off

The differences between Unplugging and Switching Off may be subtle, but the main factors here are those that Unplug do so knowing that they have the ability to plug back in at any time. Being unplugged means you’re mobile, your phone may not be at the dinner table with you, but it is somewhere in your purse or pocket. Unplugged gives a balance between our digital lives and our physical ones. Being Unplugged means you can multitask and still find alternatives to tech, or you set your tech aside a few minutes per day – you are a Cyborg, a functioning techie in a world that pulls you both ways. Being Unplugged is about relaxing and finding harmony; switching off is about being free.

Those that take the time to Switch Off are the ones that shut their digital lives off completely. Switching Off allows for many people to turn their physical lives back on. Cyborgs may find Switching Off to be particularly difficult – “How can I NOT have my phone for a day?” They may ask. Switching Off means that you’re admitting to not being connected. You will not be connected because the here and now is what is important. Instead of having their phones in their pockets, Switched Off Robots may go so far as to shut them off completely for a day, or not even bring them! Being Switched Off means that you don’t NEED the tech. You are enough. You are powerful, connected and part of the world as you are.

The benefits of each type of thinking are important. In the next few weeks, I’m hoping to explore Switching Off and how powerful being a Female Robot that takes a day off can be.

The Keys to Switching Off

The keys to being Unplugged as you may have guessed are Mindfulness and Balance. Shutting Off can be more powerful than that. Shutting Off can be an honest and open admission that being Unplugged is too difficult or it can be a way to empower yourself over your technology “I don’t need you today.” Switching Off is powerful because it requires not only the Mindfulness that being Unplugged requires, but it asks of you even more. It is asking you to put YOU first. The ability to stand free of the imaginary constraints we impose on ourselves because of technology. Being Unplugged is an active state of Mindfulness, Shutting Off lets you throw off that constant state of understanding for the one decision of saying “I matter more today”. The most important thing in Unplugged is Balance. The most important thing in Shutting off is YOU.

The Power to find You

Whichever way is best for you – being Unplugged or Switched Off – becoming more mindful and more connected to yourself is a journey worth taking. Do your best to not only take the advice of a Happy and Functioning Cyborg and Female Robot that takes great pleasure in Shutting Off, but be willing to find the way for yourself. I’m here for advice and guidance. You’re here for you. Making yourself a priority is the most important aspect of improving your life. If you take only one thing from this blog, I hope that it is the knowledge to know that more time spent on yourself is never wasted. Find the power to find YOU. Just Etre – Just Be.