Having a digital break in this society is almost impossible. With smart phones and wifi everywhere, how can you get away? I recently read Zeenat’s post at Positive Provocations, “Taking a much needed Digital Sabbatical”. I had never thought much about doing this. The post inspired me to take a digital vacation when we recently went to Tulum, Mexico. I still brought my computer and thought that maybe I’d write some post or part of the book I’m working on. And I knew deep down inside I’d still get online, just a little.
Zeenat suggested several things in her post to help create a balance that we all need in life. I ended up taking several of her suggestions to heart:
• Unplug - I had to. This wonderful place we stayed, Retiro Maya, only had electricity at night. And no wifi. This turned out to be a good thing. I hardly opened my computer except for two times at a coffee place we went to. And guess what? No one missed me and the world didn’t fall apart. How about that?
• Read a new book – I read two books, both historical fiction. I read Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. This novel takes place in Martha’s Vinyard in the mid 1600′s. It’s characters are a Puritan girl and her friend, a Wampanog Native Indian. If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society then you’ll love The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret LeRoy which also takes place on the English island of Guernsey during World War II. I highly recommend them both!
• Spend quality time with family – This is always the reason we love to travel! But we missed our two oldest children who are working in their college town this summer.
• De-clutter my mind • Take care of me • Relax and breathe –
These things all go together for me! When you’re not busy with all of your daily things, like working on the computer, doing laundry, grocery shopping etc., you can truly let go of the chatter in your brain. Remember my post on How To CalmYour Monkey Mind? On day 3 I had no thoughts at all and nothing to say. How zen is that?
• Dabble my feet in nature - I was thrust into the midst of nature – insects, iguanas, small lizards, the beach, ancient ruins, sunsets and sunrises. I loved every minute of it.
• I will add the suggestion of how refreshing it is to discover a different culture. I love meeting and observing people. I love drinking new coffee and trying different foods.
• Lastly, all of this gave me a renewed appreciation of everything in my life at home. When I leave on a vacation, I can’t wait to get away from all. Then coming home is so sweet! While I loved the humidity and rain during our trip, it’s blissful to come to Colorado and our beautiful mountains where it’s cool in the evenings and dry most of the summer. Sometimes, we don’t appreciate what we have and take it for granted.
Now I’m ready to get back to my summer’s work, a combination of relaxing, working on my book, running a preschool camp and my garden and well you know all the things I love to do if you read my last post on being a Possibiliterian!
By the way, I highly recommend Zeenat’s blog, Positive Provocations. Positive Provocations is a Self-Improvement, Self-Empowering & Self-Healing Blog. Zeenat writes articles that motivate and inspire you to be the best and happiest you. She is a practicing Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor/Motivational Speaker/Naturopath/Holistic Healer/Writer and lives in India with her family.
Thank you, Zeenat, for the inspiration and the quote I used at the top of this post! And thank you to everyone at the Retiro Maya, especially Salvador, for making our trip to Tulum a memorable one!
I’m linking up with Unknown Mami’s photo tour today. Click on the picture below if you’d like to travel the world through photos.
** The Zen Papa took several of the above pictures: The coffee shop, the watermelon man, the Tulum ruins beach and the iguana/Tulum ruins shot. Oliver took the one of us in front of the Coba Pyramid.
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