01/09/2014 03:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What I Learned From Unplugging From Technology For 3 Months (VIDEO)

Unplugging from technology is tough whether you're doing it for one day, a weekend or even an entire week. But what about completely swearing off your gadgets for three months?

Kate Johnson, a buddhist teacher with The Interdependence Project, talked with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill about attending a three-month meditation retreat that kept her unplugged the entire time. Completely detaching from her cell phone, social networks and even movies and magazines taught Johnson a great deal about why she felt urges to take photos or send texts throughout the day. She explained:

"Sometimes when I had the desire to share in that way, it was out of a genuine desire to connect, and sometimes it was because I wanted to change the channel on my experience -- I was uncomfortable or didn't know what was going to happen, or I had a gap in my day and so I wanted to fill it up with some information or a connection. But by not engaging that habit, not scratching that itch, my capacity to be with my experience as it was really grew."

See the full conversation about unplugging at HuffPost Live HERE:

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