If you’re like me, you regularly find yourself getting sucked into an internet wormhole, whether it’s Facebook, YouTube, or an awesome blog/website. As much as I love creating, exploring, and participating in sacred spaces on the internet (like blossominglotusreiki.com!), I also value my time “off the grid” in nature just as much…if not more.
For the past 4 days, I have been tech free, cell free, and wifi free at Wilbur Hot Springs in Williams, California. The property was established in 1865, and then developed in the 1970s by Dr. Richard Miller, the father of my yoga teacher Sarana Miller. This was the 2nd time I found myself on this sacred and secluded land assisting my teacher at one of her reflective yoga retreats.
As soon as I stepped out of my car after the 8 hours drive from Orange County, my whole being began to soak up the clean mountain air. At Wilbur, people wear analog watches, soak in hot springs, hike or bike around the 1,800 acre nature preserve, and rest and rise with the cycles of the sun and moon. People look each other in the eyes, smile in passing, and read books in the cozy library. I noticed these simple little things that we are all guilty of not doing while our heads are buried into our phones.
As much as I see the immense value technology brings to my life both personally and professionally, it is equally important to make time for physical contact with the Earth and each other. The key here is balance, balance with everything. Because just as much as I loved my time off the grid, I also loved that I was able to download the new Radiohead album with my fingerprint as soon as I re-entered into cell zone…
I’m always looking for amazing places to get off the grid! Comment below with some of your favorite spots.