We live in a busy world. There’s family, friends, work, play and, in my case, Solo Traveler. And, I have to tell you, this blog takes up more time than any of the others. Do I have the balance right in my life? I wonder sometimes. So, for the second year in a row, I will take time to evaluate this very question as I go on my digital detox.
My first digital detox
My first digital detox was to the Lake District last November. I was offline for five full days. No computer access, no cell phone, no iPod — just me and my thoughts and the wonderful fells of north west England.
This year will be a little different. I’m taking my detox closer to home. In fact, just a few kilometers away from my home. I’m going to a yoga retreat with vegetarian cuisine and a backyard ravine. I am totally offline as you read this. I expect that I’m wandering.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
I have no plan for my digital detox
Unlike last year when my plan was to walk… and walk and walk; this year I really don’t know what I expect. This is a retreat. I’ve never been on a retreat. I’m sure that there will be a yoga class. But that’s only one hour. I have 47 more hours to fill. What will I do without my online world?
I expect that I will retreat into my head somewhat. I’ll listen to my thoughts when they are are not affected by the torrent of information coming at me every minute. I will travel into my head. And, as Cromwell says, such a journey can take me far.
“In the meadows of the mind no-one travels so far as he who knows not where he is going.”
Oliver Cromwell (I know, he was not a particularly nice person but good insight.)
A relaxed mind is a ready mind
Having rested my mind from the usual thoughts, I expect that it will be renewed – more open and ready for new opportunities – ready for discovery. I’ll share the discoveries of my digital detox with you soon.
“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”