Hyperconnectivity is the increasing digital interconnection of people and of things like cars, coffee makers – anything – anytime and anywhere. By 2020 there will be 50 billion networked devices, 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things. This level of connectivity is felt across every dimension of our everyday lives, in both the pleasure and promise of wild possibilities, and as a cause of massive stress.
This past weekend, Jack and I taught at the ever-growing San Francisco Wisdom 2.0 conference. A community of thousands came together to explore how technology can be used to bring more heartfulness into the workplace and how to help shape a more compassionate hyperconnected world.
In the midst of this festival of tech-interested folks, the writer Pico Iyer spoke movingly about how simply he lives with his wife in Japan, unplugged, without a cell phone even when he travels. His meditation consists of sitting at his desk; sometimes for hours…without doing a thing. His whole life is an act of resistance to living at the speed of machines! A hush fell over the huge auditorium when he said, “Traveling is how I make a living. Stillness is how I make a life.”
Pico suggests living mindfully: being still, listening to music, going for long walks, reading a good book, allowing the myriad voices within to quiet so we can discern and listen to what’s wiser and truer inside ourselves. “Then, when I hear my wife’s footsteps on the stairs at the end of the day, I have so much more to give her.”
When we take time to connect to ourselves, we, too, have so much more to give! to ourselves, to those we love, and to our world. Can we observe an internet Sabbath, going offline from Friday evening to Monday morning, or calendaring a few days of retreat? Try it! You’ll discover true connectivity, the interconnection
Image Credit: T. Goodman