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!