I enjoy the energy of city life, and being connected to others via the web, however I learned something about mindfulness by spending last weekend without web access while on a training course in Cumbria.
Without emails popping up on my phone, a laptop to access, or a watch to tell the time I was more tuned into the:
– Passage of the sun through the sky
– Gathering clouds in a darkening sky before it rained
– Natural sounds of birdsong, sheep bleating and the river flowing nearby.
– The hidden gems in the dialogue with other attendees
My takeaways from the formal content of the training event were many and various. My personal bonus, from being unplugged for two days, was twofold.
First, a reminder to self, to respect work life balance by decompressing on a regular basis.
Second, focusing quietly and intently on what others are saying connects you to them in profound way, when you strike up a conversation with them – and who knows where that connection might lead.