Retreat and Digital Sabbatical

As you read this, I am cozily ensconced in my meditation retreat, which started today, and off the internet for one week   This is one of my six adventurous summer experiments.  I’m excited to let go and retreat.

Why Retreat?  

Because I know true happiness and freedom can only come from looking within.  It can only come from honestly facing one’s self.  From courageously embracing and releasing whatever we find –  the good, the bad, and the ugly – with love and gentleness.

Meditation is a powerful way to transform negative thoughts, emotions, and habits, and bring more  joy, confidence, ease, and compassion into your life.  This is how we can change the world, one mind and heart at a time.

I won’t be:

  • responding to emails
  • reading blogs or surfing the internet
  • posting on Facebook, twitter, or goodthingz
  • responding to blog comments
  • moderating blog comments
  • reading (other than texts related to my retreat focus)
  • writing or blogging
  • walking
  • driving

I will be:

  • practicing meditation and engaging in the practice of loving kindness
  • staying present in the moment or bringing my mind back when it strays (as best I can)
  • listening to spiritual teachings or reading texts related to my retreat focus
  • recording my insights
  • relaxing, gardening, exercising, and cleaning during breaks
  • feeding the cats and myself

If you are new here, welcome.  Please take a moment to browse my popular posts and read whatever appeals to you.  Or read my freshly rewritten about page.  I hope you like what you find and stick around!

In my case, the digital sabbatical is a by-product of my meditation retreat.  People take digital sabbaticals for different reasons.  The common thread is the fact that many of us are addicted to and distracted by a continuous flow of digital temptation.

If you are curious about the idea of taking a digital sabbatical, here are three excellent articles on the topic:

I’ll be back with a new article on  Sunday, July 31st.

Until then, may you be well, happy, and safe.

All my love,

Image:  Hans-Dieter Warda