“Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.” – Lao Tzu
I love my time online! Love it!
Being a Libra by birth means my constant quest for balance continues in everything I do. Its just my nature and I love that I am constantly living a positively balanced life.
I love writing and sharing my word online….be it on the blog, on facebook, on twitter or email. I love connecting with like minded folk and diverse souls everyday. Its a marvelous treat to be able to sit on one chair and achieve so much in one session of being online. I am constantly amazed by technology and all that it allows us to DO.
The Need and Want to be offline
But I think I have been DOING too much online for far too long and now my brain and heart need a rest. This rest is coming partly out of want and partly out of need. The scales of my Libran Balance have tipped….eeks!
Lately I have found myself in the middle of a personal crisis. Things are changing, growing, and expanding. Many of the goals I had set for my life and my business are manifesting. At the same time, new opportunities are presenting themselves and it is becoming challenging to keep on top of it all, to have clarity about which is the right opportunity to pursue and which not. And things are happening at a pace that I am not entirely comfortable with.
It is beginning to feel like my life is running me, that these changes and new opportunities are taking on a life of their own and I am merely coming along for the ride. I am having a hard time making decisions about my life and my business, and I am not happy about it all.
The want to be offline cause I feel like I need to recuperate. I am experiencing mental fatigue and am unable to put good heart and time to the new Book “Blissfully Positive” I’m writing(which I want to complete soon!). I want to be able to sit in nature and write without worrying about moderating comments or responding to facebook messages. I want to be able to pray and meditate deeply. Because of this mental fatigue, I am unable to put my complete heart into my conversations with God. And thats not something I like! I miss my quiet time. I wear many caps in my regular day…counselor,healer&writer professionally and full time mother, teacher, daughter and wife personally…among the many others. Lately I seem to be fatigued in all I do. Hence this Digital Sabbatical is the best decision for me right now.
The need to be offline: As I said before there is the ‘want’ to be offline and then there is the ‘need’ too. The timing for taking this time off from all things digital is divinely gifted to me. Both my want and my need are coinciding so seamlessly. The need for being offline arises from the home shift that I’m in the midst of right now. A home shift means, lots of sorting, lots of packing, lots of unpacking and above all…no internet in the interrim. See, its the perfect time for me to unwind mentally, by getting physically super active. Apart from cooking that I love to do to unwind, redecorating and decluttering also top that list.
The summer often brings with it NEW experiences…and this is the experience I am embracing this summer. Coincidently, my little one also has her summer break right now…and it brings the perfect opportunity for me to bond more deeply with her too.
Digital Sabbatical- The When and The How
Now that the reasons of this Digital Sabbatical are apparent…lets get to the from when and how of this new experience. Ideally I take a digital sabbatical once every 2 weeks(without anyone but me noticing it )
What is a Digital Sabbatical? A break for a specific time frame from all things digital… specifically blog, email, facebook, twitter etc.
Honestly, I will miss my time and my friends online…but I know my heart and soul are craving for some nature, some play and most of all some living. You know what that means right??? It means lots more full of LIFE articles when I come back from this break
For in living do we truly learn.
The When: I plan to go on a Digital Sabbatical from 10th of May till the 20th of May 2012. 10 days.
The How: Although I would like to be completely offline…that seems impossible cause I have all the emails, facebook, twitter and blog on my Blackberry. So all the notifications will pop up. But, with no internet(for my laptop) while I shift home….more than basic communication would not be possible. If there are any urgent requests or communications that require my attention..I will attend to them, but I wont freakishly check my email and facebook every few hours, like I do now. Ok, dont giggle….its not funny. I know you do it too
I hope to take full advantage of this time …and will be back on 20th of May with a New post and some pictures of my new cozy little home
Here is my list of things I hope to experience while on this digital sabbatical:
- Meditate and pray more
- Read a new book
- Write my new Book – “Blissfully Positive”
- Spend quality time with my little girl
- Decorate and Reorganize the physical around me
- De-clutter my mind
- Dabble my feet in nature by going to the park and beach
- Restart my Yoga
- Take care of ME
- Relax and breathe
Till then darlings, have a positively lovely time….and if youre in the mood for a break, take one. We all need some time to recuperate. Its like hitting the reboot on your computer..right!
What are YOUR thoughts on this Digital Sabbatical? Have you taken a break like this before? Do you have any tips on making this Digital Sabbatical a memorable one? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below.
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
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