I recently shared how I do my best to live a simple life even when life is busy. One thing I do regularly is disconnect and reconnect. Sounds contradictory, right? Let me explain.
I disconnect from the noise, the demands, and the minutiae so that I can reconnect with nature, beauty, and discovery.
There are so many things competing for our attention on a daily basis. Television, radio, billboards, flyers, text messages, phone calls, social media, meeting notifications, IMs … this level of noise and distraction has become the norm. While I tend to avoid much of the chatter by eliminating its presence in my life, there is a lot that is beyond my full control. So I try to decipher value from the remaining and ignore the rest.
We don’t even realize how exhausting this is until we are no longer dealing with it.
I prefer to disconnect by literally pulling the plug.
I like to leave the country and go to a remote location. I put the out of office auto-reply on my work email. I do not get the international plan on my cell phone, and I do not buy a local SIM. Even if I do have wifi available, I only use it to look up information related to my trip.
I take a break from my day-to-day responsibilities.
No bills to pay. No home projects to work on. No chores. No schedule to keep.
With the distractions gone, I can reconnect with my surroundings.
With the distractions gone, I can reconnect with myself.
With the distractions gone, I can fully experience the joy of discovery.
It is possible to disconnect and reconnect frequently without hopping on a plane. In fact, it is important to be able to do this frequently, daily if possible. I need to get better at this. I can switch off my cell phone and read a book. I can close my email at work and go for a walk. I can let the cores go and spend a Sunday morning relaxing.
It is important to disconnect and reconnect for a longer period of time.
It has been about one year since my trip off-the-beaten-path in Jamaica. This is too long for me, so I have planned a disconnect and reconnect trip at the end of the year. It meets all of the important criteria.
It requires a passport.
I will have to dust off my Spanish skills.
I need to free up space on my memory cards.
I will need to pack active wear for water and land.
Nobody will be able to call or text me.
I will experience surfing and yoga with Bodhi Surf Camp in Costa Rica!
I am looking forward to the physical challenge of surfing combined with the synergy of mind, body, and spirit with yoga. I am looking forward to engaging with the local community. I am looking forward to learning about conservation, social responsibility, and global stewardship promoted by Bodhi.