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  1. Samantha Brinn Merel
    May 1, 2013

    I’m actually shomer shabbos which means that from about 40 minutes before sundown on Friday until about 40 minutes after sundown on Saturday I don’t drive a car, turn on lights, use a computer, phone or technology of any kind, cook, or watch TV. Since I grew up this way, I don’t really know any different. But what I do know is that I absolutely could not exist with this mandatory 25 hour time out. It’s the day where I recharge, spend time with family and friends, go to my synagogue if I happen to get up early enough, and read books. That I have shabbos makes me happier, healthier, and calmer every other day of my life because I know that no matter what kind of week it’s been, when Friday afternoon rolls around, everything stops. I can’t say enough about how much it adds to my life, and how much better of a person it makes me.
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    • Christie
      May 1, 2013

      Loved hearing your thoughts, Samantha. Really. This is just the kind of thing I’m going for. The one thing that I think is really helpful is community. That’s part of what I’m hoping to get by publicly announcing my plans.

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  2. Kathy at kissing the frog
    May 1, 2013

    It seems like there are no sacred days anymore. This slowing down is such a beautiful idea. Looking forward to hearing how it goes.
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    • Christie
      May 2, 2013

      Thanks. I’m actually looking forward it. Though when I think about putting my cell phone away for a day, I get the shakes a little.

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  3. Natalie the Singingfool
    May 1, 2013

    I need to be better about setting a day of rest – when I do, I am so much more peaceful and ready to face the week. I love this idea about being intentional in resting, I may tag along on your experiment…
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  4. steph
    May 6, 2013

    A couple of Sundays ago The Big Lebowski was on TV, and so we sat and watched it. Not for the first time or even the second. It’s so funny… We don’t turn off all media on Sundays, or go to church, but we do allow ourselves to do nothing and recharge. It’s important, for all the reasons you point out. Your post makes me want to go bowling – no the Wii or X-box version – an actual bowling alley. One Sunday I just might!
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  5. Martin
    May 18, 2013

    What things will you avoid on your sabbath? What things will you actively do?

    I’ve never held a sabbath and have only a hazy notion on what the rules are. Not turning on lights seems silly to me, but maybe I’m just missing the point. Still, the concept seems interesting, even appealing. Here in Germany, no stores are open on Sundays so I don’t go shopping on that day. I do use media: it’s the only day of the week I can talk with a close friend of mine and there’s no way I’ll give up Skype and lose that connection. I’m not about to give up a day of practicing recorder, either. That leaves me wondering what would make the day different at all.

    I do turn off my computer before dinner. After dinner, I’ll read or use a biofeedback device to calm down, then walk the dogs, journal about positive things, and get ready for bed. I do sweep once a week because it’s one of the few times that my dogs aren’t on the floor, but generally I avoid chores. Maybe that’s somewhat similar to sabbath, though it’s a few hours every day rather than an entire day once a week.

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    • Christie
      May 20, 2013

      Martin,

      My shabbos/sabbath is currently a bit of a work in progress. For the past several weeks, I have been shutting down on Saturday night – no internet, no cell phone, no tv, no chores, no work – until Sunday night at 8. I agree with you that the time is less important than the sentiment behind the actions, which is why some weeks, I think that my shabbos/sabbath may be a Friday night to Saturday night thing or maybe even just a few hours on a Wednesday night. Whatever the time and the specifics, I wanted a way to force myself to check back in with myself, learn how to be present in my own thoughts a bit more, and focus on those around me. I make sure to pray or meditate and if I write, I do it long hand (not on the computer). I spend time outdoors just appreciating nature, which I don’t tend to do the rest of the week. I think that the intentions are the most important part of it all.

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