Digital Sabbath. Not a new idea by any means, but one being thrown around lately. Can you unplug to be with your loved ones for a day, half a day or even an hour? This conundrum we have found ourselves in happened so quickly, most of us can probably trace our rapid plunge into this new reality phone contract by phone contract along with evolving technology. If you have observed young children these days, this is the only reality that they know.
For a little insight into this experiment and experience, please find some paper and jot down a few reasons for not unplugging yourself. Now find a time and some people you enjoy hanging out with for some eye contact, conversation and other activities, preferably in a place which doesn’t have any screens. Turn off your devices and tuck them away somewhere safe. Have your friend or friends do the same. When you return, let the experience sink in for a few hours and then jot down some feelings connected to this experience . What exactly did you miss about your machine? Are you finding it hard to just simply communicate with others as we rely more and more on texts and documenting our world. Good Luck. If you succeeded in this adventure and enjoyed it, could you try it again for a longer period of time?
Yesterday’s project: Were you able to learn more about neuroplasticity. Did any of the information encourage you to try tackle something new?
Taking a screen-free vacation is a great practice if your schedule permits it! I have tried it a few times so far this summer. Something I’ve been doing lately also is sending postcards in the “snail mail” to my friends. People, especially kids, love to get something real in the mail.
I am not a saver, but saved every letter ever written to me in my life, and am so happy I did because I haven’t gotten a real one in a very long time!