Rock of Ages.
Rock of AgesI had this conversation with Joi Ito about S-L-O-W-I-N-G D-O-W-N. I threw out a challenge — spend 24 hours not talking, not emailing, not IM’ing, not IRC’ing, not communicating in anyway. Just a silent sunday — this coming sunday actually — for 24 hours.
You do get to use one hand-held device. A rock. Just keep it in the palm of your hand. Get the urge to IM someone — just tell the rock. Get the need to email someone else — just think the message through your rock. Get the temptation to talk — no talking — just look at your rock.
So far the toughest thing is explaining to people that you will will be incommunicato — really not available, really out of reach, really out of pocket — at least in the traditional ways of communicating.
[Keep your eyes peeled for a picture of my rock -- I'll post it soon.] [Halley's Comment]
A long long time ago, in a galaxy…err… that was this one, I did something similar.
I used to run with the “ecclectic western spirituality” crowd (i.e. neo-pagans, witches, and rainbow crystal feely types.) Me and 3 friends of mine (all of us remarkably talkative people) decided to stretch some personal boundries, etc. So we took 4 days between 2 other campout/gathering type events and went to a site in the berkshears (?) east of Albany with our tents and enough food for the trip.
The idea was simple: No talking. 4 days. Not to each other, not to ourselves, nothing.
I suppose I’ve bit off more than I could chew in mentioning this, because a full explanation of what happened, and the insights into ourselves we gained would be quite impossible in the “let me do a quicky post about that” that I have alloted.
Perhaps it will suffice to say do this. Take a day. 2 is preferred. More than one person is preferred. Don’t talk or write. Not to each other or anyone else. If you can sequester yourself from incoming communications (and words spoken or written) all the better. It takes about a day to recalibrate, but all time after that is wonderous and strange. I guarantee you’ll learn things about yourself that you didn’t know.