Last week, James and I went on our annual Christmas concert date and saw TransSiberian Orchestra.
I have always enjoyed their Christmas music and this was our first time of seeing them in concert. James had shared that he had read the light show and music would be incredible. He even chose specific seats (back in the day he used to set up stages for musicians) so that we would have the perfect sound quality.
The concert did not let us down. It was over two and a half hours of entertainment, visually stunning with a laser show that would have been the star if there weren’t musicians. This was a concert that truly encompassed most of the senses with stunning lights, heat from fire torches, cool air and soup bubbles falling from the sky as snow, and talented singers and musicians that strapped themselves to move among and over the crowd as well as run the stage.
However, I’m not sure half of the audience experienced these elements as they were viewing everything from their phones.
As the concert begin, you could see the symphony of cell phone screens light up as the events were recorded. Many of these people kept their phone up for the majority of the concert. A lady in front of us was late arriving and before she even sat down in her seat she pulled out her ipad to begin taping. By the way, I felt she look stupid and found it annoying as she held it up to get the right angle.
I have written about trying to be mindful in each moment of my life. There are many times when I fail. However, I went to the concert wanting to fully experience the events. I felt the heat from the main stage fire, watched the “snow” glitter and change colors, caught a soap bubble, was mesmerized by the color changes and dancing lights and in awe at the vocal power of the singers.
I do not believe those concert goers who spent the evening making sure everything was being captured on their phone were able to have the same experience. As this article from MindBodyGreen states , phones and other electronic gadgets keep us from being aware of what is going on outside of the screen.
Many of the most significant moments of my life are held close in my heart and memory. The feelings and emotions that were felt would never be conveyed via an electronic device.
I love my cell phone and am forever grateful for the power of technology. However, I feel that each of us must stop living our lives within the small area of our screen. Life is going on around us and we are missing out. We are missing out on smells and sounds. We are not allowing ourselves to feel our surroundings because we are too busy “capturing” something else.
To be honest, towards the end of the concert I did take a 30 second video but during this time I was also aware of what I wasn’t paying attention to. Thus, it was a short video.
Social media and the connivence of devices has made us each want to show the world what are doing. As a result, I believe we are experiencing less.
As we approach Christmas and New Year’s, I challenge you to view the world less through your phone screen and to experience the moment. Yes, you may not have that fantastic photo to share on Instagram but you may be surprised at what you experience.
How are you viewing your world?