I recently had the opportunity to do something I’d never previously considered doing before: turn off my cell phone, computer and TV for over 24 hours. At first I thought, “But what about all the people who are trying to reach me? What? No email? No Facebook? And no HGTV?!”
With a little bit of convincing, I decided to take the plunge. I figured that at the very least I would save a tiny bit of money on my electric bill. What I didn’t expect was the vast sense of relief I experienced as soon as I turned everything off. It felt like I was on a retreat, even though I hadn’t traveled anywhere special, nor was I being led on a spiritual journey by a guru or master. I allowed myself to surrender to the experience, and the following 24 hours was an indulgent “All About Amy” day.
Upon waking the next morning, I spent nearly two hours journaling and meditating. Later, I went on a relaxing walk on a nearby nature trail while taking the time to thoroughly appreciate the sunshine and beauty surrounding me. I noticed so much more on my walk than I normally do and found my mind free of extraneous thoughts that were normally present, ie.: Who do I have to call/email back when I return?, or What’s on TV tonight?, etc. When I returned home I journaled some more and then found myself daydreaming for a good long while as I gazed lazily out my window. I then spent the evening catching up on my reading, something I hadn’t done in ages.
I have to admit that while I thoroughly enjoyed my time “unplugged” from the world, as it got closer to the final 24 hours, I found myself getting antsy about checking my email, and wondering who might be desperately trying to reach me. It turned out that the world had managed to go on just fine without me (shocking, right?). Hours after my 24-hour period had ended, I found myself brimming with energy to tackle projects I had been putting off for months and a renewed passion in my work that has continued to carry over since then. Moving forward, I think the next time the opportunity to “unplug” presents itself to me, I will welcome it with open arms.
How about you? Does “unplugging” from the world sound appealing? I invite you to try it for yourself and see where it takes you. Feel free to write me and let me know about your experiences!