Going off grid for three weeks–in India

I’ve now been blogging for six and a half years, posting just about every day that I’ve worked, only pausing for holidays and weekends. I don’t usually write to let you all know when I will be away and not blogging because I don’t want to tell the world that my house will be empty (as was the case last week). This time it’s different because I’m not leaving behind an empty house, because this will be the longest break since I started blogging, and because I will most likely be totally off grid and unable to respond even to comments.

Tomorrow I fly to India where I will stay at the Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas near Rishikesh. There may be some internet available, but the safe assumption is not, and too much time online would defeat the purpose of the visit which is to study meditation and yoga, and to unwind.

I’ve been meditating for three months now, mostly using the GetSomeHeadSpace app and I’ve got a lot out of the experience. The meditation itself, ranging from 10-20mins per day, is enjoyable, and my mind is calmer and clearer for the rest of the day afterwards, but most importantly the process of observing my thoughts brings a sense of perspective which I think makes me a little bit more effective in many things that I do. And then, on top of all that, there is an increasing amount of research which shows that meditating contributes significantly to long term brain health.

I’m also excited by the opportunity to spend what I hope will be quality time with people from a very different culture. I travelled a lot when I was younger and enjoyed seeing and experiencing different cultures and ways of life, something that gets difficult when the responsibilities of work and family mount up.

Not that I’m complaining – I love my family and my job. And that makes this a good moment to say thank you to my wife Fiona and to my partners at DFJ Esprit for supporting me in this little adventure.

See you all in three weeks, when I expect to be back blogging stronger than ever.