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Our team is experiencing a less intense version of this during our stay at Miraval Resorts in the Berkshires

Hey aSweatLife reader,

In an ideal world, this letter would be coming to you via carrier pigeon, a glass bottle tossed into the ocean, or maybe hand-delivered by the USPS. After all, we're writing this from Miraval Resorts in the Berkshires, where they give you a sleeping bag for your cell phone at check-in and only allow digital device usage in certain areas of the resort. They call it "Miraval Mode"

Miraval Mode is about more than giving your tech neck a little break. As they told us at check-in, everything about the resort—including Miraval Mode—is to encourage the guests to live in the present moment and be aware of the unique intersection of mind, body, and spirit. It's also a way to be more respectful to your own wellbeing journey, and the journey of others around you. (After all, it's not very "present" to slam into someone while walking because you were busy researching if Noodles the Pug woke up with bones today.)

Fittingly, the first thing we noticed about Miraval Mode—besides having the phantom urge to check our phones when we had a few spare seconds—was the connections it fostered between guests. By that, we mean that people waiting for the 7am spin class to start actually *gasp* talked to each other in the early morning hours. You're greeted by guests and staff alike as you walk through the long hallways en route to your next activity. Without phones as a security blanket, you're encouraged—and empowered—to look other people in the eye and say "good morning."

I have to admit, there have been a couple of times when I wished I had my phone (to take photos of our gorgeous dinners or our completely unique equine experience—more on that soon). But honestly? I think I'll be taking that little cell phone sleeping bag home with me.

Have a great week,
Kristen Geil
Chief Content Officer,

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