May 9, 2023

A in the M.A.G.I.C.A.L method

Did you watch the Documentary on Abba?

I also watched the Documentary on Tina Turner this weekend in May and yes I did watch the Coronation of King Charles III on 6th May 2023

This is NOT because I am a Royalist far from it I am a Republican.

However I LOVE history and I wanted to witness history.

I watched it from the comfort of my own home because I was in the last stages of a cold and I was determined to rest.

After making breakfast which took a few hours, (I am not good at judging how long cooking will take but yesterday I did two hours and I enjoyed cooking it has a beginning, middle and end unlike running an online business and social work which doesn’t) I sat down to watch it from 11am until 3am.

I actually had my phone switched off all Friday night on 5th May and until Saturday afternoon of the 6th May

Talk about Digital Detoxification I was ALL most of 6th May

This is A in the M.A.G.I.C.A.L method which I practiced

I tend to practice this on a Saturday by just not going on Social media

Not going on Facebook

But on 6th May 2023 after the Pandemic after a very long time I switched off my phone from 1am to 3pm

Abstaining from Digital devices and that’s what I did well I did from the SMART phone during these hours

I know I watched TV a Digital device from 1055 to 3pm on 6th May but I tell you not having any access to any Digital devices during my waking hours on 6th May morning

From 745am to 1045am on 6th May whilst cooking I surrounded myself with SILENCE

The rest of my family was sleeping

And I was in the Kitchen cooking

I had

No phone

No music playing in the background

No podcast in the background


Just silence and well the noise of my thoughts

I read chapter in a book and thought about that

It really affected me

The chapter was about Avveros and his last days better known in the Muslim world as Ibn Rushd

How he died in isolation in Marrakesh

Not in Cordoba

And then I returned to check WhatsApp messages at 3pm on 6th May incase family had called or wanting to call.

Abstaining from Digital devices on this day from 745am to 1055 am was SO nourishing SO grounding

It relaxed me SO much

It really gave me the ENERGY to declutter something I had been resisting for SO long

It gave me the ENERGY and FOCUS to declutter my phone and my bedroom

The PEACE I felt on 6th May


The BALANCE I felt


Have you ever abstained from ALL Digital devices?

Or just your SMART phone for more than 3 hours?

Have you tried to switch off your SMART phone for 24 hours?

Do you do that weekly?

Have one day in the week where you ABSTAIN?

Try it!

And tell me after 6 weeks when you have abstained every week for weeks, do you feel MORE at peace?

Do you feel more BALANCED?

Try this experiment and then report back to me.

I would really LOVE to know.



Having qualified as a Social Worker in July 1991 from Coventry University, it has been over two decades that I have been on the front line working with children and young people who are traumatized and on the margins of society. Although I studied Psycho-dynamic counselling for two years at Goldsmiths College (1991-1993), I decided to integrate Psycho-dynamic theories and skills into my Social work practice and flirt with and immerse myself in studying Islam as well as interfaith dialogue and friendships. For the last 20 years, I have been working in a multi-disciplinary Youth Offending Team in South London, comprised of Professional colleagues from different faiths and cultural backgrounds trying to support young people in the criminal justice system. I am married and mother to three sons, and juggle Social Work and interfaith dialogue with my writing, studying and the needs of home and family.


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