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A Different Kind of Bath

It’s ironic.

Technology connects us like never before, but can disconnect us at the same time.

We’ve all seen that couple out for dinner, eyes on their phones…

‘connected’…

… just not with each other.

We can have hundreds of ‘friends’ without ever meeting them, and access endless knowledge about the world without ever leaving the house.

The Black Hole

How often have you said to yourself, “Just five minutes…”

You pull out your phone, and before you know it, an hour has passed.

In fact, people now average three hours a day on their phones.

And that adds up.

In the pre-smartphone era, the norm was just a mere 18 minutes.

Can you believe it?

In a recent study, 46% of young people asked said they’d rather have a broken bone than a broken phone!

And for those who said they’d prefer a broken phone, they actually agonized over the decision.

Is this a problem?

It’s not that technology is inherently ‘bad’.

It’s allowing you and I to communicate, after all. 🙂

No. It’s in how we choose to use it.

If we prioritize the digital world, we can easily miss out on real life as it’s happening in the moment.

And we can lose touch with ourselves if we’re filling those quiet moments with messaging and YouTube, just because we think those moments are boring.

Take a Forest Bath

If any of this rings true, you might try a simple Japanese tradition to help disconnect from technology so you can reconnect with stillness.

Shinrin-yoku, or ‘Forest Bathing’, is the practice of immersing yourself in nature.

But it’s more than just taking a walk in the forest.

It’s consciously opening your senses, purposefully quieting your mind, and connecting your inner presence.

In fact, doctors have begun recommending it for stress and anxiety, and as a way to disconnect from technology.

They encourage their patients to sit or lie down on the forest ground and listen to the sounds.

It’s good for the mind, body and soul, as they say.

A Busy Life

Yep, the modern world is indeed a crazy place sometimes.

Come take this short and fun quiz to see if it has you living life a little too fast.