In our fast-paced, technology-driven world it can be easy to forget that we don’t need to be connected at all times. Only a few years ago, we weren’t nearly as connected as we are today. It’s not uncommon to be posting pictures to friends and family in real time while on a vacation. Gone are the days of handwriting a postcard, mailing it from a land far away and finding out it was received weeks after we returned home. From my perspective things seem to be happening at an accelerated rate, in real time – all the time.
This accelerated pace has been tapping me on the shoulder, encouraging a change. Recently I started paying close attention to the speed at which I am moving, thinking and doing. When I feel like I’m moving too fast I like to remind myself that most things don’t happen at the speed of an app or download. It is ok to take our time. Just fine to delay sending that email response or return a call until we are able to sit down and focus on the conversation. Some of my friends will say, “I don’t have time to stop what I’m doing to sit down and have a long conversation. A text works just fine.” I find that sad.
Recently I have desired deeper connection and a slower pace. Slowing down has been something that I not only want to embrace but am feeling called to do every day. Sure, a text can communicate a simple message but to really communicate with depth a conversation is much more satisfying.
Slowing things down has allowed me to be more engaged in the present task. Multitasking is being replaced by a focus on one thing at a time. I confess that it is more refreshing and relaxing. My satisfaction level, and I also suspect the quality of the work, has improved as I am not dancing in between activities as often as before.
One of my favorite ways to slow things down is to go on a retreat. Intentionally creating that space on the calendar where a block of time for renewal and a slower pace is reserved just for you. On retreat we are invited to put away our agendas, mobiles and appointments, well that is unless you’re attending a workshop or showing up to your next spa treatment. Going on a retreat is an invitation to deepen connections; with you, your inner spirit and those around you.
While on a retreat, I find that keeping my technology in the room allows me to be fully present and settle into the energy and rhythm of the event. This assists in managing the potential distractions. Through activities, workshops and coaching on retreat we are invited to tap into the unique possibility and greatness inside each one of us.
Try a retreat or at least give yourself the gift of being fully present and engaged without the distraction of technology. It can be an incredibly positive and liberating experience!
If you’re looking for an excellent way to reboot and experience the gift of connecting with you. Our Harmonic Warriors retreats, held in the Sacred Valley of Peru, offer that opportunity. Stay tuned for dates in 2021!