Thursday, August 26, 2010
This stuff is vital to think about, and we are thrilled to see the NY Times & Economist reporting on these oft overlooked impacts of modern living. What’s more, this is just beginning, and to all our fans who tire of the madness and pace of this modern world… it will subside. At least, the conversation that is being had will lead to more of us connecting, sharing, and living… without the drone of tiring tech.
This is relevant to you - to us - and to everyone else..... Please share this with your friends, family, people you love, and… especially... the people who need it. The problem is that the people who need it most will take the least amount of time to read and understand it. So the duality of human condition marches on.
Studying attention & memory as it is effected by the technology & pace of modern culture. Being off-grid & in nature repairs our tech-hysteria & dependence:
"But the trip’s organizer, David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, says that studying what happens when we step away from our devices and rest our brains — in particular, how attention, memory and learning are affected — is important science.
'Attention is the holy grail,' Mr. Strayer says.
'Everything that you’re conscious of, everything you let in, everything you remember and you forget, depends on it.'”
Being over-attached to tech is harmful -- and we pay a price. It is changing the way we behave, interact, and exist within a moment.
“Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.
These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.
The resulting distractions can have deadly consequences, as when cellphone-wielding drivers and train engineers cause wrecks. And for millions of people like Mr. Campbell, these urges can inflict nicks and cuts on creativity and deep thought, interrupting work and family life.”
“Mr. Nass at Stanford thinks the ultimate risk of heavy technology use is that it diminishes empathy by limiting how much people engage with one another, even in the same room.
‘The way we become more human is by paying attention to each other,’ he said. ‘It shows how much you care.’
That empathy, Mr. Nass said, is essential to the human condition. ‘We are at an inflection point,’ he said. ‘A significant fraction of people’s experiences are now fragmented.’”
“Stuff” doesn’t make people happy, while experiences create a long lasting, woven tapestry of happiness– more and more people are asking the simple question, “But will it make me happy?” We often mindlessly do what the rest of the crowds are doing…. But is it fulfilling?
“S. STROBEL — our heroine who moved into the 400-square foot apartment — is now an advocate of simple living, writing in her spare time about her own life choices at Rowdykittens.com.
’My lifestyle now would not be possible if I still had a huge two-bedroom apartment filled to the gills with stuff, two cars, and 30 grand in debt,’ she says.
“’Give away some of your stuff,’” she advises. “’See how it feels.’”
The final thought, from the Economist, is going to hit everyone a little close to home.
Why Americans cannot enjoy their holidays - and how we don't *really* get away anymore. Not only do we give back nearly five hundred million vacation days back each year… when we are on vacation, we aren’t really on vacation.
“Even when Americans do take time off, they find it hard to relax. Having holidayed for many years with the family of a Wall Street lawyer, your columnist’s slumber has all too often been disturbed in the early hours by the murmur of writs, affidavits and threatening letters being dictated by phone to New York from Provence, Tuscany and other otherwise tranquil locations. It may be that without this unremitting industry the lawyer and his family could not have afforded quite so many hops across the Atlantic. But it seems pretty clear that something cultural—that famous Puritan fear of idle hands and easeful nights—is at work as well.”
These are profound thoughts, and shatter many a world view. This is a much more grounded, yet holistic, approach for understanding how we exist within our moments, our families, our communities, and more. Not unlike the subtle commentary of The Tao Te Ching (that link leads to the *ENTIRE* Stephen Mitchell Tao translation) to walk the centered path....
We need to re-center, and reconnect with what is truly important…
No, not our phones. Our – selves, our loves, our lives.
…. And maybe multi-tasking and constant professional vigilance isn’t proving anything to anyone, except that we silently suffer in unknown, embarrassed, agreement.
Admittedly, it's refreshing to know that our way of life hasn't been too far off... and while I just realized Burning Man has a cell phone signal available on the playa, Wilbur Hot Springs is still the same off-grid, unplugged, 100% solar, pure escape. Your phone wouldn’t work even if you wanted it to.
We are quickly becoming one of the only places you can truly reconnect with your hidden human without the external noise (be it yours, or someone else’s) that confounds the intimacy needed for self-actualization.
It's exciting to know that more people are going to look for the experience we have always provided... but it should also assure those of you concerned about our future that it provides every reason to stay precisely as we have for the last 30 years.
The future is what you know… to shed the complexities of earthly possessions, and flow like the springs into connecting with every corner of your mind, body, and soul!
Please share if you think these values are vital… or if you know people who simply need to step back once in awhile. I sure do.
Thanks for listening. =) Be healthy, at peace, and well!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
It's also interesting to see how Wilbur has affected people so deeply, it alters their expectations and experiences at other hot springs. We don't like that we can be an forces that moves you from your center in other experiences... but we are all aware of what Wilbur is, and it isn't surprising that you can carry it with you beyond your visit. It's sort of beautiful, actually... and reading words like the link above helps us to continue doing what we do!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Every day I am bereft of words to thank all of you, our family - These stories and pictures are just epic!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Upcoming Yoga Workshop with Sarana the 25th and 26th of June!
It's likely to excite many of you, as Sarana is well known, deeply respected, and profoundly experienced with Yoga. But for those unaware, Sarana is an amazing part of the culture and experience at Wilbur, and we cherish what she brings to the collective experience, our property, and hopefully your lives.
The next major "expo" is coming up... and if you have been looking for a personal retreat, couples escape, or yoga adventure... come to Wilbur Hot Springs to reconnect!
Please join us for a weekend of breath, chanting, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Come strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind. We'll step back from our daily routines and retreat to this sacred land, home to healing waters that have been used for renewal for centuries.
Yoga Weekend Vacation Includes:
• 5 organic meals (Chef to be announced)
• 5 yoga sessions
• 2 nights accommodations - including use of baths, sauna and grounds
Cost: Private room, shared $515
To Sign Up!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Here's what I said that made me think of asking all of you!
"Wilbur exists for the individual experience, the reconnection with self & rediscovery of the human we lose touch with. It's an exceptional way to find that center again, it can even be a path to reconnect with the people & reorient the responsibilities in your life, as well. One aspect of Wilbur that has changed *MY* life, as well as many of our guests, is that it is something that you can carry with you & experience inside yourself even after you have left. Wilbur truly is a state of mind, & it's wonderful that you could explore that state!"
I hope this finds you well... and whatever Wilbur is to all of you, thank you and enjoy!