For Your Consideration: A Day of Rest

Now that I seem to be past the worst of my allergy/sinus woes, I’ve got an Energizer Bunny thing going on. And on and on. As with most things, this has both positive and negative effects. Yes, I’m getting things done, but I have to wonder what that costs me sometimes. All that activity is good for my body and my to-do list, but what about my mind and soul? Am I doing enough to ensure that they get the attention they deserve? I’m guessing that 15 minutes a day of doing nothing and a new-to-me annual Lenten observance probably aren’t sufficient for maximum mental and emotional health. And since one of the big lessons learned in losing my weight and maintaining the loss was the importance of nurturing body, mind and soul, it’s time for some re-thinking.

Enter: The Sabbath Manifesto.Have you heard of this movement? It was created by a group of Jewish artists belonging to a group called “Reboot”, which is attempting to adapt Jewish culture and traditions to modern life.The Manifesto itself is a series of 10 principles designed help us “unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, get with loved ones and, if we’re lucky, get some booty, too. The ten principles are to be observed one day per week, from sunset to sunset.”

What I like about this project is that it’s so all-inclusive. You don’t have to be Jewish (or even particularly religious, for that matter) to benefit from a day spent unplugged and focused on self, family, and friends. You can adapt these principles to your current Sabbath day, or if you’re not religious, choose any day to practice them.

You can also interpret the principles in ways that have meaning to you. For example, principle #1, Avoid Technology. For some, there are religious or cultural requirements for what technologies they can or can’t use, but for many of us, this principle will have different meanings based on our needs and desires. If you want it to mean “avoid technology except to connect with long distance relatives or friends”, that’s fine. If I want to go completely off the grid, that’s fine, too.  (Though not likely to ever happen, to be honest.)

The purpose of a sabbath day (in addition to worship, for some) is to make time for relaxation, reflection, and restoration. By making it a structured part of our week, we ensure that we don’t get so caught up in attending to our physical needs and desires–and those of others–that we lose ourselves along the way. If we’re going to be truly healthy and fit, we need all three pillars standing tall: body, mind, and soul.

I’ll be exploring this project in my tried-and-true tippy-toe way, by tackling a few principles at a time, tweaking them into something that works, and then adding more. I’m looking forward to the experience! Especially that #8 – Eat Bread. :)  (Just kidding. I’m still pondering what that one means to me and how I’ll observe it in a meaningful way.)

So, without getting too personal (yeah, why stop now), do you take a full day each week to “unplug”? If you clicked the link to check out the ten principles, do they seem like actions that would add benefit to your life?
Any tips or ideas on how to implement them?

I know, I know: too many questions, not enough time. :)

Wishing you an awesome weekend, and a Very Good Sabbath, if you observe!

11 thoughts on “For Your Consideration: A Day of Rest

  1. First, to answer your question, I don't. But I don't work outside the house so my days sort of are all the same. Plugging along.

    Second, I don't know if you go back to blog comments you make to see any response, so I will also tell you here: Your comment on yesterday's post was an eye-opener for me! Yes, I had an epiphany on my own, but I did not make the connection to controlling our own actions. I love that! Thank you.

  2. this is such a great concept. i cannot imagine with two young children and all that goes along with that, that i could really take a day for myself. truthfully, i wouldn't even know what to do with myself!
    i'm pretty a-type, always with my things to do list, that i rarely relax and nurture myself, although i know that i should. i feel a level of guilt if i'm doing nothing. like i don't deserve it, or what if someone caught me.
    thanks for making me think about this again!

  3. i NEED a day to unplug, not from technology but just to enjoy my home life. sometimes i take a stand and announce 'i am not going anywhere today, i need a day with no commitments, and i'm staying right here and possibly doing absolutely nothing.' if i don't get those days once in a while, i go a little nutty :) love the idea of your post.

  4. If you were to ask Ed, he'd tell you I'm continually unplugged. I admit to being lazy, so I guess I unplug perhaps a bit too often. :)

    But I do usually take 1 hr. three times a week, to just relax, read, rest, whatever. Now, with nice weather hither and yon, I'll go out on the deck with a cup of tea and relax with a good book.

    Would 4 hrs. on a golf course count as being unplugged?


    I am so looking forward to the next installment.

    In answer to your question… I do seem to take some time to be unplugged, but in all fairness, I could do better because sometimes when I am not in touch… I have a tendency to worry about what I am missing and all the things that I will have to do when I get back. I defiantly need to "Let go and let God" sometimes.

    Thanks for the great post!! I will be looking forward to more!

  6. I am Jewish & did not know! :-) Heck, I love this and you know me, I love the eat bread! I observe that one every day!!!! :-)

    I really need to do more of the unplugging.. I am bad at that! I have a few days coming up next weekend into the following week that is going to test this… will post about it late next week or so.I am feeling stressed about it.

    Cammy, as always, thank you! I may post about this end of next week cause I think it is so good if you don't mind… I will link to you of course!

  7. I unplug from time to time. With my back hurting, I am totally unplugged from exercise, which has been a huge part of my life and has given me more time to read books. Not a bad thing.

  8. I unplug during the day when the kids are up. My only exception is during nap time, then I try and get a jump on commenting. I really try and ration my time.

    Great post Cammy!

  9. They should clarify that you should never do two of the ten in particular at the same time. At all costs, don't light candles and then go outside. That's a recipe for disaster! Never leave burning candles unattended. Haha!

  10. I love this post and enjoyed reading what the 10 principles are. I observe a Sabbath and do most of the things on the list.

    I think it is very important to nuture our souls along with our bodies. Everybody could benefit by following the manifesto.

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