Do a Daily Tech Detox

Make this your Healthiest Year Ever with this month’s tip from Ethan Nichtern, Buddhist teacher, author, and The Interdependence Project founder.

Ethan-SIZEDAt the start of the year, Nichtern, who’s the founder of the Interdependence Project, a secular Buddhist center, issued a “responsible Econsumption” challenge: Power down for a full hour every day for the first 10 days of 2014. (And the hours that you’re sleeping don’t count.)

But whether or not you started off the year by unplugging, you can take ten minutes each day to turn off your cellphone and TV, close your computer, and hide the iPad. Starting at dinner—especially if others are enjoying the meal with you, ahem. You do NOT need to Instagram your salad.

“Becoming mindful of our present moment experience allows us to truly connect with the world around us, creating space and time for wise decision-making, and generating compassion for the struggles everyone experiences,” he says.

Think you’re not addicted to your devices? Get started on this 10-minute daily detox practice and see.

For more information, visit www.ethannichtern.com.

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