As many of you know, I got back recently from a whirlwind trip to Salvador, Brazil for the wedding of my beloved nephew and his wonderful wife. I was only there for a short time but it was life-changing. So I decided to start a short blog series called "Lessons from Brazil" to share about this trip, to help me to process it, and to inspire you.
When I traveled to Brazil a couple of weeks ago, I went on a fast from technology (a "technofast") for almost a week. This means no Internet, no texting, no Facebook or Twitter, no Kindle, no iPod, no television, no radio, no camera, and no phone. It was quite difficult in many ways. Mostly that I missed everyone. But I also experienced many "fasting" benefits.
The best part of being disconnected from the techno world was that I wrote like a banshee for up to 6 hours a day in my Moleskine in pencil. I wrote on the planes, I wrote in my hotel in Miami, I wrote on my balcony in the posada in Brazil. I wrote every second I could get. I processed everything that happened. I thought a lot. I could really be present with people, just be there without being interrupted by anything. I really experienced the sights, sounds, and smells of Brazil. I was really calm and peaceful much of the time. It was delightful.
I think we all need time to be unplugged, even just to enjoy being plugged in! Consider taking a technofast. For some people it may be just a day, or even just a few hours. Let me know what you experience. I'm betting that your time back online will be even richer for it.