I’m modifying my “doing without” schedule. For reasons I’ll touch on briefly below, I decided the remainder of meatless October will shift to beginning my month of doing without social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter. I’ll allow this blog post to automatically be posted to Facebook, but I intend for it to be the last auto-post to Facebook for a month. I’ll keep writing on this blog (I don’t consider it social media…its traffic isn’t sufficient to warrant that moniker) during my respite. During that month, maybe more, I want to spend more of my time thinking and less of my time reacting, which tends to be my mode of interacting with Facebook.
The reasons for opting to abandon meatlessness (though I’ll probably remain relatively low-meat) are twofold: 1) I did a poor job of menu-planning (mostly none), resulting in failure during much of the month to eat enough protein; and 2) I listened to some interviews with Pema Chödrön, during which she suggested social media, if permitted, can fill our minds with so much “noise” that we can’t truly relax. I’ve experienced that before (which was the reason I abandoned Facebook in the past, for a while) and I’ve noticed lately I’ve been allowing myself to get sucked back into a similar state. So, I’m changing things.
My blog posts during the next month will, I hope, take on a tone that differs from most of my recent posts.