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Secrets and Grace

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Can we remove our distractions -- those rocks of Life -- in order to discover the secrets we find when we take time to breathe?

 

This lovely post tells the story of how one family rediscovered those secrets and found Grace in the process.

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Balance Screen Time with Green Time

Be Out There takes an in-depth look at how to balance screen time with green time in the report, Friending Fresh Air: Connecting Kids to Nature in a Digital ...
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The National Wildlife Federation offers insights on how to use the technology you already love and still connect your kids to nature.

 

Good advice for adults too!

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A Lesson from Nature: Silence is Golden

A Lesson from Nature: Silence is Golden | Unplug | Scoop.it
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City living does not truly allow you to escape the sounds that fill your your day.  Many of us have accepted a life overwhelmed with work, stress, electronic devices and social media.  Because of this, both adults and children have become disconnected from Nature.

 

It seems we have become so entwined with technology that "we fail to reap the benefits of simply playing in a neighbor’s yard, or at the local park, let alone the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors".

 

Mother Nature brings us many gifts, including the gift of silence.  And silence can be healing -- an opportunity to take in the quiet and listen to the world as it was meant to be while at the same time, releasing all the nagging troubles of the world.

 

As one way to unplug, go out into Nature and bask in quietude.  Reconnect your body, mind and soul and feel whole and alive once again.

 

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Unplug to Recharge Your Brain

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Don't believe Woody Allen when he says the brain is his "second most favorite organ." Make it your favorite organ. Treat your brain as the creative, renewing center of your mind.
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Frenzied?  Harried?  Drained?  Zapped?  That's the way most Americans feel these days.  We are way over the top over-stimulated.  The cure?  Unplug to recharge your brain

 

Matthew Edlund, M.D. gives us 8 helpful suggestions:

 

  1. Walk: Even 20-30 minutes allows new brain cells to grow
  2. Sleep at least 7-8 hours for optimum brain function
  3. Get out in Nature
  4. Get out of your comfort zone to boost creativity
  5. Use quick, active rest techniques
  6. Pay attention to your body clock
  7. Take breaks or you'll make mistakes
  8. Enjoy sex and grow more memory cells

 

"Treat your brain as the creative, wondrously renewing center of your mind and it will treat you well."  Change your brain...change your life.

 

 

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Lawrence Lanoff's curator insight, December 29, 2013 4:14 AM

The key to #8 is Enjoy GREAT sex. That's why I'm working on TantraXO this weekend. 

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10 Ways to Create a Happy Moment

10 Ways to Create a Happy Moment | Unplug | Scoop.it
As part of self-care, creating a happy moment for ourselves can not only break a negative mood, it paves the way for more positive moods to follow.

Via Ellen Diane
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You deserve a happy moment!  Here are ten suggestions to put yourself in a good mood:

 

  1. Listen to or watch something funny
  2. Compliment people you do not know
  3. Laugh at yourself
  4. Allow yourself to be an 8-year old again
  5. Hold a baby
  6. Create a playlist of happy songs
  7. Spend time in Nature
  8. Treat yourself to something you normally wouldn't
  9. Take a bath
  10. Create your own joke

 

Great advice from Nathan Feiles.

 

And as another idea, why not try some (or all) of these things as a way to unplug?

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Enhance Your Nature Smarts

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Children are typically drawn to the outdoors, and have an innate connection with the natural environment. In this segment of my series on Dr.
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A connection with Nature is innate within all human beings -- especially children who are more often drawn to the great outdoors.

 

Below, some mindful parenting tips to get your family outside:

 

  • Take some unstructured playtime outdoors
  •  Close your eyes; what do you hear?  Experiment with your senses when in Nature
  • Enjoy short hikes and picnics in the natural world
  • Creat a Nature journal, using things you collect in the wilderness
  • Grow something -- a sunflower, tomato or an entire garden
  • Feeling creative?  Create a piece of artwork from natural artifacts
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Mindfulness on the Move

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Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad.
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Reap some of the same benefits you obtain from your mindfulness practice by taking it to the street. 

 

Some great tips on how to make your next mindfulness meditation walk work for you:

 

  • Understand why you are choosing to walk (vs. still meditation)
  • Dress appropriately
  • Set aside enough time
  • Choose or plan your course
  • Be patient - not perfect
  • Walk at a slow pace -- consciously stepping heel to toe -- paying attention to the dirt, (street, gravel) below your feet
  • Focus on your breath
  • After some time, shift your focus to that of your 6 senses
  • After some time, shift your focus to that of your current purpose
  • After the walk, take some time to reflect on and consider your experience before moving on to other activity
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Mindful Schools's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:29 PM

A great list of psychologicaly-based mindfulness articles in Psychology Today.

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Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too!

Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too! | Unplug | Scoop.it
By Tiffany Howard. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time online. This isn’t new. I first discov
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As a freelance writer, Tiffany Howard reminds herself of the "importance of unplugging, going outside and spending time in the offline world."

 

So peel yourself away from the screen to find inspiration; enhance your physical well-being; and create an opportunity to collaborate with friends and colleagues. 

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Terence's curator insight, November 5, 5:51 AM

Too true.

 

And so easy to justify time online -- research,  you know. 

 

However, when I do unplug and hit the gym, take a long walk, or otherwise 'get away', I find myself so revitalized.

 

This headline takes front and center space on my corkboard right above my monitor.

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Hit the Pause Button

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This holiday season, I hope that you can hit the pause button, to slow down, rest and relish in the gratitude of all that you have.
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HIt the pause button!  Feel more creative and replenished!  Five inspiring ideas:

 

  1. Begin and conclude each day reading inspiring quotes and then sit and think about them.
  2. Get some fresh air; go outside!
  3. Power down; take at least 1 day each week with with NO SCREENS.
  4. Take a long nap -- 2 full hours if you can.
  5. Reflect; write anything down that you've learned in the past week.  How can you move forward?  Is there anything holding you back?
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Unplug, Disconnect & Relax

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These days technology is all pervasive, unavoidable even, and we are grateful. It has made it simple to get things done from anywhere in the world. It is hard to imagine going back to the way things were before smartphones.
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It would indeed be hard to imagine going back to a life before smartphones.  A life with fewer distractions.  A time when text and Twitter alerts did not even exist.

 

Expedia suggests we all need to take a break once in awhile "to stay healthy, take stock of our life, and reconnect to the present." And they've created an infographic to help us remember to disconnect and relax -- especially during the holidays.

 

 

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Spa Travel Trends for 2014

Spa Travel Trends for 2014 | Unplug | Scoop.it
Health and Fitness Travel has created their exclusive Fusion Fitness programmes with spa hotels for clients needing this tailored approach.
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I hate to say it, but the New Year is just around the corner.  And as you consider those resolutions, including how you will allow more time in your life for YOU, consider some of the hottest new spa travel trends for 2014:

 

  • Personalized Wellness Spas are now using a more customized approach
  • Medi-Spas are offering treatment for a variety of conditions by specialized doctors
  • Mental Restoration Spas are teaching about ways to lower stress and renew the mind and body
  • Detox & Weight-Loss Spas are educating about healthier eating patterns that restore and replenish the body
  • Fitness Spas are integrating hot, new fitness crazes into their programs
  • Knowledge Spas offer wisdom on wellness that is shared in a way that can be incorporated into daily life
  • Nature Spas offer programs to reconnect with Nature and the great outdoors
  • Wellness Spas are now incorporating different cultures into their programs
  • Family Spas, where parents are encouraged to bring their children, are becoming increasingly popular
  • Meditation Spas are now using a mindfulness approach towards mental balance and happiness
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Stand UP! Get Outside; Call Your Mom/Sister/Brother/Dad and...

Stand UP! Get Outside; Call Your Mom/Sister/Brother/Dad and... | Unplug | Scoop.it
Why do these mistakes really prevent happiness and health?
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You can find happiness by getting out there, apparently. And I have to agree. When we avoid connection, sit in the same spot all day, forget to drink in mother nature's wonder cues and ignore our creative bents, we wither. 


You'll find this inspiring reflection on happiness and health especially helpful as it conveys the golden importance of simple things like...


  • contributing or giving back
  • creative writing
  • belonging


And those are just a few of the many powerful facts revealing a roadmap to richer living. Dive in and then recharge...

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7 Steps for Planning a Digital Hiatus

7 Steps for Planning a Digital Hiatus | Unplug | Scoop.it
All you need to break free of your devices (7 Steps to Planning Your Next Digital Detox - http://t.co/ZlJPkWncuX via @goodnet_org)
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Unplug...Digital detox...Disconnect to Reconnect...

 

"These terms are all the rage at the moment, representing the act of stepping away from our adored electronics and reconnecting to the world around us." 

 

Goodnet shares a Digital Detox process step by easy step:

 

(1) Before you start planning, get inspired

(2) Choose a reasonable length of time to detox and stick to it

(3) Consider your e-Life and set boundaries

(4) Schedule some quality time with friends and family

(5) Get outdoors; this is non-negotiable

(6) Read something long and involved -- "all in one go"

(7) At the conclusion of your digital detox, write down your learnings

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