What if we decided to put down our phones, tablets and internet connection in exchange for a human connection? Are we too addicted to our online connection and what is it really taking from us?
After spending 2.5 weeks in Cuba recently, I was exposed to an alternate universe. A land without internet (unless you want to sit in the newly created WIFI park in the center of town). A place of passion, interaction and connection. It was almost surreal to be in a place where people don’t walk around glued to their mobile phones…feeling anxious about the next email…the next whats app message or plagued by FOMO (fear of missing out) that has just overwhelmed them during their latest Facebook check in.
Spending 2.5 weeks getting to know me, meeting other people, having human, face to face conversations and forgetting where I put my mobile phone was an experience I will never forget. It really helped me to live in the present moment and connect. I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed…so emotionally rejuvenated. This practice is so powerful and can only really be understood through application.
We often read about the technology free day that some commit to but this is certainly the minority. Why not try to lose your phone for a day? Spend a Sunday getting to know you or your loved ones more intimately and without an online interruption. If your experience is anything like mine, you will feel more relaxed, calm, physically connected, more aware of your immediate surroundings and in touch with what is really important – the present moment: feeling it, breathing it and bathing in it (without interruption from a mobile notification).
To an Exceptional Existence,