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Life Unplugged

Posted on 09/07/2012 @ 08:11 PM

Tags: Shabbat

Do you think you could unplug for a whole day? With multiple screens always an arm's length away, and with lives like ours where there is always something else which could use our attention (another email to check or another status to post), the idea of unplugging for a full 24 hours is near impossible to fathom, now more than ever. Because of this, different people from all walks of life, religions, and cultural heritages are joining national movements like Sabbath Manifesto and Unplug & Reconnect which urge people to put down their devices and fully enjoy certain aspects of our lives which may get pushed aside in our busy, technology-saturated culture. The folks at Sabbath Manifesto even came up with 10 Principles to help people start building their own days of rest, some of which might sound familiar...

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

Whether it's doing just one or all ten of these principles, do you think you could challenge yourself to turn off the computer, put down the phone, and make your own Shabbat, whether it's Friday night to Saturday night, or Tuesday? Let me know what you think!

This Shabbat message was led by Rabbi Zac Johnson, Western States DJE

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