Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Retreat From Social Media

Packing for my trip to France tomorrow, I had to decide what kind of electronics to bring? iPhone, MacBookPro, iPad, none at all? The real question had to do with how involved did I want to be with social media during this time away, and how to create the conditions that would best facilitate my intention. The iPad made the final cut. Not Blogger friendly enough that I will be tempted to blog, and yet a good platform to check on emails if necessary. I am also putting my vow out here on this blog, and also on Twitter and Facebook, that I will be taking a ten-day sabbatical from social media. No tweet, no update, no answering comments on blogs, no writing posts, no surfing the Web, no Linking in. Posts appearing on this blog will have been written prior to me leaving and be posted, courtesy of Blogger automatic scheduler. 

When is the last time you have taken a break from social media? Did you notice a difference in your ability to practice mindfulness? And if so, how?


  1. On your death bed, you won't say I wish I had been online more.
    You will search desperately for those quiet, immensely fulfilling breaks into the nature of being. I loved every minute away from this machine on my ten day, so much so I will go again.

  2. I have a hard time making that choice! And when it's visited upon me without my choosing, I don't really notice a great deal of difference in mindfulness. Though it does make more time...

  3. Was Once, you are so right . . . I took the liberty of quoting your comment in today's post :) Thank you.

  4. Peter, my sense is it not so much about using or not using social media, as it is how we use it. Is there clinging?