There are lots of resources such as books and web site, not to mention organizations that promote this philosophy such as the National Wildlife Federation's Get Outside program and Biofriendly.org and many focused specifically on families and children. As men it is a fairly simpletwo step process: 1. Plug your devices in to charge themselves 2. Open the door and go outside to charge yourself.
On a regular daily basis unplugging can mean just getting outside and leaving your stuff behind. That is harder and harder to do as our tech becomes integrated to regular life. I totally understand wanting to listen to music while exercising - I am a huge fan of music and I like to have it on as much as possible - but listening to music means using tech and shutting yourself off from the world around you. I am not saying every time but maybe once a week leave it at home and walk, run, or bike just listening to the sounds around you. The same goes for tracking your exercise with a device such as a smartphone or PMP. While they can be great aids, here again I think you should take opportunities to unplug. You may get a better workout without monitoring, or a more relaxed one without the pressure of what will be auto-posted on your progress.
|The view from our tent on the lake shore|
|Our departed friend Erzsi loved pink and orange |
so it seemed she came to decorate our campsite at sunset.
By the time we came home my wife and I had each recharged our batteries and had a great time with each other, just being with each other with no other worries was worth it let alone the shard experience of that place and time.
It truly is amazing how just a little time with your own thoughts, in nature, with no distractions from your daily life and the drain of modern technology can give you a boost to mental and physical energy. Everyone should try to weekly - or more often - unplug from all your device, and I strongly recommend trying to get longer periods where you leave everything behind and truly experience the moment - the setting, your company, everything around and with you.