Avoid technology (1). Nurture your health (3). Get outside (4). Find silence (9).
Turn off this computer. Hide the smartphone and iPad. Back away from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email, the TV, and even (gasp) your favorite outdoor website.
Instead, from sundown on Friday evening, March 4, through sundown on Saturday, March 5, celebrate the National Day of Unplugging.
The National Day of Unplugging is part of the Sabbath Manifesto project, "a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world." You needn't be Jewish or even religious to participate. The project encourages the frantic and hyper-connected of all backgrounds to embrace a weekly day of rest. (Did you know that “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew shabbat, meaning to cease?)
The National Day of Unplugging focuses on the first principle of the Sabbath Manifesto: Avoid Technology.
The ten principles (below) are open to interpretation, but it's worth noting how easily most mesh with a hike, backpack, snowshoe, or other outdoor sojourn.
10 Principles of the Sabbath Manifesto:
- Avoid technology.
- Connect with loved ones.
- Nurture your health.
- Get outside.
- Avoid commerce.
- Light candles.
- Drink wine.
- Eat bread.
- Find silence.
- Give back.
It's up to you how far you take the National Day of Unplugging's avoid-technology principle at home or outdoors. Please don't turn off your avy beacon or anything else essential. But, are you able to turn off your GPSR for a day in favor of a map and compass? What about the altimeter that records all those ascents and descents? Can you skip the heart rate monitor?
Still reading? Get ready to turn off this computer by Friday sundown. Reclaim your time. Slow down. Reconnect with friends, family, your community, nature, and yourself. Make unplugging a family activity. Introduce a friend to the outdoors. See how many of the 10 principles above you already follow during your favorite outdoor activities (be careful with the candles and wine though).
Then let us know how your day of unplugging goes. Just do so sometime after sundown on the 5th.
National Day of Unplugging
Sundown on Friday, March 4, through sundown on Saturday, March 5