POSTED BY Doug Thomason IN CHS ON August 23, 2018
Power down your phone and disconnect your iPad. Linger over breakfast, take a hike, write a letter to an old friend, and start reading a good book. In about an hour, one of two things will happen to you. First, you will begin to notice a slight twitching in your eyelids followed by a stiffening in your neck. Your breathing has become more labored and a layer of sweat permeates your forehead. After three hours, you are in high anxiety. If you are under the age of 30, you are now in full cardiac arrest and have swallowed your tongue. But, if you are one of the lucky ones who have survived, shortly afterwards, it hits you like a warm blanket after waking from a bad dream. You are now entering the blissful feeling of Digital Detox.
Our society’s dependence on our devices has reached a tipping point. The ding of an incoming email or text has turned us into a rabid Pavlovian dog. We are not even safe on airplanes anymore. However, there are a few places where one can escape to tranquility. You can book a flight to Tibet and check into a monastery, or you can take a short drive up Castle Hot Springs Road just outside of Phoenix, and revert in time to a non-electronic era.
There are no televisions in the guest rooms. The telephones are antiquated rotary dialers. The phone in the main Lodge is in a phone booth that held the very first telephone used in the territory of Arizona. The music infused throughout the property is from the Golden Era of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.
It is quiet and peaceful. You can actually look people directly in the eye and have a conversation.
After a day, you begin to remember what your life was like when it did not spin out of control every day. Your food tastes better, the air smells cleaner, and you do not remember what day it is. You have entered the zone of Digital Detox.
Do not fret…most of you will only stay two or three days and you will be free to reboot and rejoin that chaotic civilization. But, for that brief shining moment, you can experience what all that technology was supposed to do for us…enrich you and make your life easier.
Castle Hot Springs will be a sanctuary. Wellness activities will abound. You will leave feeling restored and a better person than when you arrived.