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Unplugged: Could You Manage A 10-Day Silent Retreat?

Joe Diaz, Co-Founder, of Afar Magazine, went where few men have gone before. He spent the day after his 38th birthday on a van from midtown Manhattan headed up to a retreat in New England where he would literally remain silent for the next 10 days! Actually, he would be silent AND unplugged. That means no cell phone, iPad, or digital devices of any kind.

So why on earth would anyone want to do this?

"It’s not just that I wanted to take my practice to another level. I wanted to put myself in a situation that would force me to leap big, grow, and develop perspective," adds Joe. In a world that is often described as polarized and chaotic, I wanted tools that would help me see more fully, calmly, and lovingly." Clearly Joe wasn't fooling around. He was serious and committed. And here's another way he kept himself from quitting even just one-day in.