We have created a world of being constantly accessible with the internet, smart phones, ipads, Facebook and many other electronic mediums. Noise constantly surrounds us and there needs to be an energy all the time to be going and doing. The ability to unplug and sit, and read a book, not on a Kindle, or IPad but an actual book on a deck with birds chirping and squirrels doing acrobatics around you is a wonderful gift that we should all indulge in more often. Being an introvert I love quiet, I re-energize by being alone and being quiet . On the other hand, my husband likes noise, people, lots of conversation and adventures. Polar opposites we are!!
The strange part is that I love technology and gadgets and I am the first in our home to embrace and actively use these devices so for me to leave them behind is like going through detox but so worthwhile in the process.
An article in the National Post newspaper stated that individuals who live in cities actually have a change in their brain development due to the pace of life and stress of living in those locations. Those that live in calmer, more serene environments have different brain images that show less stress and healthier brain tissue. I understand and believe this to be true! I love technology for it's ability to keep me connected to those I love but I don't like that it can slowly overtake your life by the expectations. Strange as I am writing a blog but complaining about why that is possible.....I have been home for about six hours and have snuck back to the computer at least four times. I think I need to go back to the land of squirrels and birds permanently or at least for a month and see how I adapt. I hope you have time this summer to go unplugged... it is an adjustment, but so beneficial to the body, soul and mind. Enjoy!