When was the last time you spent 24 hours without looking at a screen?
We are living in a world where we are constantly stimulated and fed information. We have a device in our pockets that allows us to never be bored.
But as we are constantly connected to the cloud, we are losing our ability to stay connected to ourselves. The less we have to reflect and look at our own emotions as they arise, the more disconnect and distress we will feel.
There is something beautiful that happens to our ability to expend our minds and thinking process when we are present in the moment. Our creativity flourish and we are able to rediscover our own resourcefulness.
Sometimes I think that the human kind have forgotten how capable we are in solving problems naturally. Of course it can take longer to reach the end goal, but the level of detailed thinking you can get into, if forced, will give you a completely different result that can sometimes be better than relying on a google search.
The depth of your thoughts can initially scare you, and the urge to take to any form of device might be super strong. But once that initial scare pass, you can look inside with a bit more curiosity and connect to your deepest values and to explore them from any angle you want to.
Introspection is a powerful skill one can develop if practiced.
This skill will help you solve problems, stay authentic in tricky situations and ground yourself when things are moving fast. Introspection also gives you the sense of safety, because you will remain connected to yourself, even when you are being forced into discomfort.
If you’ve never done a digital detox, I highly recommend you giving it a try. The longest I’ve gone was when I did a 10 day silent mediation retreat in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. It is to date the single most profound thing I’ve done, and now that I’m writing about it, I realise that I should share my experience with you in another post.
But for now….
24 hours, no screen time. Are you up for the challenge?