January 12, 2010

So what is a digibreak? Well what it was is that I was driven by anxiety about my connectedness. The fact that I couldn’t escape my digital toys.

What I now realize is that it’s really about reconnecting not disconnecting. I missed connecting with Nature, with God, with Love

Digibreak. what does it mean to you….it meant a need to be disconnected from everything digital…even facebook! Now it means so much more

to me. It means reconnecting with life. It’s what we’ve been told by yogi’s and such for many many years, you have to have quiet in your mind

to grow and expand your horizons. I invite you to contribute your thoughts.


  1. The problem I have is that we seem to think it’s all about connectedness, primarily digital and being able to remove ourselves from that if just for a few moments. It’s my thinking that it’s a whole lot more than that and that it’s really nothing new in the GRAND scheme of things. Yogi’s have been telling us for generations, indeed centuries that to achieve enlightenment we need to quiet our minds. To truly see we need to close our eyes, to live rather than exist we need to leap ahead of our physical existence and peek into the metaphysical. I’m now thinking that what we’ve been calling a need to disconnect is really a need to reconnect, but at an entirely different level. Reengage with nature, with God, with love with ourselves. I know it sounds a bit goobledygooky, but I’m deeply concerned about where we’re going and how we get there. I don’t think our obsession with digital info is going to do so, though it may indeed play a part….

  2. http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/01/dean-kamens-2010-homework.html
    fabulous article by my friend the brilliant Linda Stone. And, if you like that….

    That was in “answer” to the question posed here http://www.edge.org/ed this year: “How has the internet Changed Your Life”

  3. It’s so true … I feel anxious if I haven’t checked my email for 15 minutes, unless I’ve engrossed myself in a novel, or trying out a new recipe, or doing something I love. But those “breaks” are so necessary for our well-being. Reminds me of the eye exercise, where you are supposed to spend time looking at objects in the distance to relax your eyes from strain of always focusing up-close. We have to take breaks at use other parts of our minds and souls to be complete.

  4. Check out the review in Jan. 13, 2010 Wall Street Journal of “You Are Not a Gadget” by Jason Lanier, in which “he sounds an alarm about the social-media technologies of the so-called Web 2.0, arguing that they reduce individuals to mere cogs in a mob-based, crowd-sourced apparatus. Lanier claims that ‘”Emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans . . . and when you ask people not to be people, they revert to bad moblike behaviors.”‘ At the very least current Web arrangements encourage a shallow, lemming-like conformity of judgment.”
    The review goes on to say that Lanier feels all this technically enabled group-think is resulting in a “devaluing of original creative work, with movies and television and music endlessly pirated, file-swapped and otherwise tossed around like so much expendable junk. ‘”Pop culture has entered into a nostalgic malaise. Online culture is dominated by trivial mashups of the culture that existed before the onset of mashups,” Mr. Lanier notes. “It is a culture of malaise.”‘

  5. Seems like digital media is just another way to clutter our minds with information we don’t usually need. If it’s not email or the internet, it’s DVDs, television or movies. We’re bombarded (we bombard ourselves?) with so much that ultimately, we use it to zone out and escape; we call it relaxing. Makes it harder to get engrossed in that novel or something else we love to do. Maybe we use entertainment of any kind to escape. Personally, it’s much harder for me to empty my mind and meditate or pray than to fill it up with “stuff”.

  6. silencing all the noise within is a huge challenge. when i’m stressing and most need meditation and peace is when i find it most difficult to achieve it.

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