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when i woke up yesterday, i knew i needed to treat it differently. rather than reaching for my iphone to “make sure everything is ok,” i resisted and declared it a digital day off. after scanning my sunday to-dos in my head, i realized a few needed connection. and they could wait.what else to do? well, reading required my ipad where i would be oh-so-tempted to peek at email. so i secured my eye pillow and curled up in the fetal position. i promptly went back to sleep savoring the sound of rain.

when i woke up later, i pondered where to begin considering my self-imposed limitations and confessed to le beau that i felt as if my superpower had been removed.

then i wandered a bit, made a cup of hot cocoa, reviewed my to-dos to see what didn’t require connection, and settled in to pen 2013 review/2014 dreams {post + video forthcoming}.

the results were joyful. other than snapping three pictures through instagram {that posted to twitter} and looking at two texts that came in, i was blissfully in the moment. i practiced yoga, sat in meditation for 15 minutes, sipped my first organic hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows of the season {pic above}, watched a delightful film {frances ha}, and played for hours in my art journal and daybook.

however, it wasn’t all sunshine and bunnies. i was detoxing. a few times each hour i would notice that twinge. the longing to see what was happening on facebook, instagram, or in my in box. it’s a powerful twinge and as with many longings {hello pumpkin pie}, if you ignore it, it will subside. i know that sounds so basic, but it’s true.

when on the train this morning heading back to dc, i checked email and was relieved to see there were no emergencies yesterday. the world kept turning and life was well lived. ommmm.

many outlets tout the benefits of taking a digital detox {and it is a weekly tranquility tool}. here are a few: huffington post, forbes, the week, fast company, pyschology today. consider joining the national day of unplugging march 7-8. indulge in the 10 principles of the sabbath manifesto.

mindfulness is about observation, not judgment. the next time you feel that twinge, notice if you can resist {especially if enjoying the company of another}. set designated times to check technology. take time away from the screen. it will do you {and those around you} good. bisous. x