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A few weeks ago, my husband Phil and I stole away to New Hampshire for a weekend, way out in the middle of nowhere. Staying in one of those teeny tiny cabins on wheels, with nothing more than a couple fiddly burners and a mini fridge to keep us company, we pumped the brakes on the breakneck pace of life for a couple days.

Our original plan was to teach a short guided meditation course for a couple of students, but one of them ended up with a family emergency and couldn’t attend. So, with the place booked and nothing on the docket, we decided to visit on our own.

It’s amazing (and kind of disturbing) how profound an experience it is these days to spend time somewhere that doesn’t have internet. I’m as guilty of overdoing it with the screen-time as anyone — whenever I glance at the iPhone statistics, the time I spend on my phone is shamefully high. So when it came time to unplug for a few days, it was more than welcome.

Most of the time we spent just ambling around, talking and relaxing together. There wasn’t much to do besides play some card games we’d brought, write in our journals, read, and meditate. The silent, snow-dappled landscape brought a pervading sense of peace to our days there, and as time went on, I found the million little demands of daily life just melting away.

Phil and I are both big proponents of unplugging from technology as often as possible, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day. It’s part of why, for more than the past 100 days, I’ve been diligently meditating every morning. Actually, for the past few months, I’ve been working on becoming a licensed meditation teacher — that was the original goal with the New Hampshire retreat.

After experiencing the immense benefits of meditation myself, I felt that I couldn’t selfishly hoard this amazing practice. There’s an epidemic of people with anxiety, stress, and tinnitus, and I’ve found meditation to be an indispensable tool in keeping those issues at bay. I’m hoping that with my certification, I can spread the equanimity and awareness I’ve felt in my practice to those that need it too.

To get my final certification, I need to facilitate a course with at least two individuals new to the practice of meditation. I’m still hammering out the details, but please, if you’re interested, just reply to this email and let me know!

And as always, if you’re suffering with hearing loss and are ready to seek help from an audiologist with a genuine investment in your well-being, give me a call at 617-934-6987 to schedule your complimentary consultation. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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