Wednesday, March 2, 2011

National Day of Unplugging is this Saturday!

So, you are reading my blog (thanks!) and you are thinking, "Wow!  All of this Shabbos stuff sounds great!  A day to recharge and spend real quality time with those I care about is just what I need! BUT..."  But you aren't religious.  But you aren't Jewish.  But you like to watch sports.  But you have to do your errands for the week.

Enter The Sabbath Manifesto.  It is a "creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world."  Basically, the creators are a group of artsy folk (not religious, mind you) who wanted to find a way to just slow down. 

Do you feel ready to slow down?  This Saturday, March 4 is the National Day of Unplugging.  The Sabbath Manifesto challenges you to turn off your technology from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.  Visit their website to sign up to unplug.

If you aren't sure how to start the "unpluggedness", The Sabbath Manifesto created 10 Principles for slowing down one day a week:
  1. Avoid technology.
  2. Connect with loved ones.
  3. Nurture your health.
  4. Get outside.
  5. Avoid commerce.
  6. Light candles.
  7. Drink wine.
  8. Eat bread.
  9. Find silence.
  10. Give back.
Start with the first principle this week: avoid technology for one whole day.  You will be amazed how great it feels to have a real conversation with the interruption of the cell phone, Twitter, Facebook, texts, EVERYTHING. 

P.S.  Feeling even more adventurous?  This week is ALSO Shabbat Across America.  Join a shul in your area for a Friday night meal and more.  In Houston?  Join us at Meyerland Minyan

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