I discussed with my husband, and we decided to book a trip to New Hampshire to one of those really old hotels (think The Shining without the murders). I figured what better place to unplug than a hotel that had people visiting quite happily and tech-free for almost 125 years.
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In the past, I often defined myself by my work, and I hate to admit this, but my ego took a lot of pride in "just how much I can accomplish" in an hour or a day or a week.
My eyes hurt from doing nothing but staring at screen after screen all day -- from my laptop to my desktop screen to my iPhone and my iPad, TV screens, movie screens, I realized I was always staring at something other than the world.
It's an unusual paradox but one we all face in today's busy world. All of us are guilty of becoming so consumed with charging up our gadgets, so that we can race back into the fray of everyday life, that we overlook our most important device -- ourselves.
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The issue is finding the balance in our personal life so we can relax and relate to our loved ones in reality, while looking into their eyes, without this feeling that we're missing out on something that's happening on our smartphones.
Reinventing ourselves is absorbing life's heart essence. It is heart essence which frees our awareness from disappointment, giving real freedom. It is our source of inspiration. The presence within us is giving the true joy which makes life worth living.
So I turned my phone to silent, and have never turned it back. My life was calmer, I had less disruptions and distractions in my day, and though I missed the little Samsung ring dance, my happiness index certainly increased.
The more you remove yourself from your devices, the more you realize that, despite what you thought, you can successfully handle being away from them.
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When I put the phone down, I felt weird, incomplete, like I wasn't wearing a bra or something. At times during the beginning of the vacation, I actually held the phone even though it was off. It was like weaning: The turned-off phone was my binky.
I've just returned from the most amazing place. I'm not talking about Hawaii, where I spent the holidays with my daughters, my sister and my ex-husband -- though it was lovely, and all the more so because of the foot of snow that's greeted my return to New York. I'm talking about the week I spent unplugged, away from email, social media and TV. Occasionally unplugging from all our devices and techno-distractions is one of those seemingly small adjustments that actually have the power to transform the way we see the world, live our lives and interact with the people who matter most to us. The unplugged version of myself was better able to give these things my full attention -- which, as Daniel Goleman says, is "a form of love." And I was able to remember, to paraphrase Louis C.K., that no device or screen can match the HD quality of the actual world.
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Between last minute shopping and jam-packed malls, roads and airports, this week delivered plenty of ruffled feathers beyond the Duck Dynasty uproar. One antidote to that holiday stress is a diet -- not abstaining from Christmas cookies but from our digital devices. So, starting tomorrow, I'll be powering mine down for a week, disconnecting from the world so I can more deeply connect with friends and family. It's a great way to recharge your internal batteries and promote reflection on the year gone by. For HuffPost, 2013 was a year in which we went all-in on our efforts to fight burnout and embrace that which we truly value. This included the launch of the Third Metric, a movement devoted to redefining success beyond just power and money to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving back. Making a digital diet part of your holiday tradition is a great way to start. So goodbye until next week -- and have a happy unplugged holiday.
The good news? I achieved my goal and stayed offline for the entire time I was on Indian soil. The better news? The benefits of unplugging from the Internet for the first time in almost five years were greater than I could've ever imagined.