Unplug from Civilization
There are times when we'd all like to become hermits and shut out the world. The solitary, Thoreau-like life has its appeal especially after a morning of back-to-back meetings or chauffeuring a half-dozen ten-year-olds. Well, if you can't make it to Walden Pond just yet, here's a mini-escape that might restore you in place.
- Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door. Turn on your voicemail or answering machine or if you don't have either take your telephone off the hook. Turn off any distractions: television, radio, stereo system, cell phone, computer, pager, and all of the lights.
- Light a pine-scented candle, if you can (or close your eyes and imagine the smell of a wood-burning fire).
- In your mind's ear, hear the rain on an old tin roof or perhaps the haunting song of a barn owl. Listen to the wind as it rustles the leaves and breathe. For a few moments, enjoy your "cabin in the woods."
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A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.