י״ח באדר ה׳תשע״ג (February 28, 2013)
Way back when, G-d said, “On the seventh day thou shalt rest.” The meaning behind it was simple: Take a break. Call a timeout. Find some balance. Recharge.
Somewhere along the line, however, this mantra for living faded from modern consciousness. The idea of unplugging every seventh day now feels tragically close to impossible. Who has time to take time off? We need eight days a week to get tasks accomplished, not six.
The Sabbath Manifesto was developed in the same spirit as the Slow Movement, slow food, slow living, by a small group of artists, writers, filmmakers and media professionals who, while not particularly religious, felt a collective need to fight back against our increasingly fast-paced way of living. The idea is to take time off, deadlines and paperwork be damned.
March 1-2, 2013 is the National Day of Unplugging (actually International Day of Unplugging with guys from Poland, UK, Australia and Canada) designed to help hyper-connected people of all backgrounds to embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest.
Sign up to be part of NDU 2013.
10 core principles completely open for your unique interpretation.
- Avoid technology.
- Connect with loved ones.
- Nurture your health.
- Get outside.
- Avoid commerce.
- Light candles.
- Drink wine.
- Eat bread.
- Find silence.
- Give back.
Not sure how to turn the Principles into reality?
Here are some tips on interpreting the Sabbath Manifesto as you see fit:
To some, “avoid technology” means not sending text messages. To others, it means not using a stove or riding in an elevator. To some, “be healthy” means running the next NYC marathon. For others, it means chewing each mouthful of food you eat real slow – 18 chews a bite.
You get the picture. Find the balance that works for you.
Create rules that allow you to rest and reflect without destroying the fabric of your life.
Visit Sabbath Manifesto website for more information.
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