Our children are often embarrassing mirrors of our bad habits. Just the other day, my three year old was walking around with her toy cell phone, staring at the "screen” with a look of serious concentration while repeating in her best adult voice: "Just a minute-I’ll be right back. Just a minute.” Ok. Busted.
I-like many of us, spend a decent chunk of my day checking up on various media outlets with my phone. It can be challenging to put down this device, in favor more constructive amusements. This dependency I’ve fostered with my electronic devices is one that has been on and off my radar for some time now. The question then is, how to moderate? Or is moderation even possible?
Just last night I read a wonderful essay in Robin Artisson’s book, Letters From the Devil’s Forest that demonstrates a technique of allowing the body to go into the state of conscious "sensation” or incubation-a type of natural trance state which lets you to sink into your own energy, or that of other living creatures. It’s a very powerful and calming exercise, but certainly not one that can be accomplished in tandem with cellphone use.
I asked my cards after several attempts at this technique:
Q: How can I overcome my dependency on my cell phone?
A: 6 of Coins 3 of Coins Page of Wands
The sixes in traditional cartomancy represent "The path that the seeker shall tread” and what is a "path” but a series of conscious (and unconscious) choices in a particular direction? Or, even more simply-a chosen pattern?
In this instance, with the presence of the 6 of Coins, I can confirm that I’ve created a pattern of spending with online shopping-thus the true reason I am glued to my phone. And time is money is it not? The cards suggest instead taking just half of that time and those resources (3 of Coins) and investing them into creative initiatives (Page of Wands.) Pages often represent our thoughts, and this particular character is already loaded up with all the gear he needs to jump in the game-helmet, bat, and protective accessories. The way he leans on his shield indicates that he’s just waiting on his cue to spring into action-even if he is a bit overdressed.