One backpack. Two weeks. Three people. Zero technology.
Getting back to simple takes work, it takes getting outside of our comfort zones and with the trending of the internet it takes eliminating that (for a certain amount of time) as well. When I think back to my childhood I remember good times at camp, swimming in the deep ends of pools or in lakes with snakes, sitting around a campfire and just generally conversing. Not texting or buttoning a digital device for entertainment, rather amusing each other as family and friends used to do.
Living in the past is a slippery slope, yet maybe, just maybe, there are some right-minded principles that we have left behind in favor of speed and information overload.
If you feel like the computer is ruling minutes or hours of your life, perhaps you are ready for a digital sabbatical.
If you feel that the scrolling and scrolling is starting to make your head spin, then you need to make time for a digital sabbatical.
If there are more recipes on your Pinterest account than you could cook in a lifetime, maybe it is time for a digital sabbatical to actually cook some of those.
If you feel overwhelmed by trying to keep up with emails, engagements, sharing and such, then now is the time for a digital sabbatical.
If you need a break, then take one!
Allow yourself to reminisce without the power of technology and think about what it is that really makes you happy. This takes time and silence. You will find it in nature, far from the electronic waves and closer to rivers and streams. Get closer to the details of petals and pollen and understand that we are each a mere part of a whole. We should strive to live in such a way that balance is meaningful and achievable.
Reconnect with the rhythm of the seasons and appreciate the nuances for all they are worth. Take time to forage and eat from the wild, replenish your spirit with trace minerals and nourishing nutrients. If you are online all day, clicking away, there is no time to look around your backyard or take a trip to a nearby farm or forest to see for yourself what is actually in season. If you lovingly tend your own garden you might know that tomatoes are not in season in May, yet they are covering the market stalls along with locally grown hot peppers…
Realize the dangers of all-the-time access to everything from food to technology as we grow dependent on must haves, instead of appreciating the bounty that naturally surrounds us. Independence is a way of life if you choose the winding path.
Fruit – like bright ideas – take time to ripen. Nurture them with sunlight and a rain shower or two. Take time off from the internet to renew your plans and dreams. Forget the slew of posts for as long as it takes, for as long as you want, you won’t miss too much of anything old or new.
Take a digital sabbatical to experience life.
Live your days to the fullest!
We are going on our own digital sabbatical. No computer, no communication with the netted world, just pencils and paper, some writing to do, ideas to mull, conversations to continue…
Life goes on, we will be back with some stories to tell!