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Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME

Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME | Unplug | Scoop.it
@waylonlewis on Instagram: Yaffo, Israel, off the beach.   I'm traveling. I don't have time to write my weekly editor's letter. I don't have time to
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YOU DON'T HAVE TIME...


You don't have time to work -- to play with the kids -- to breathe.  Heck!  You don't even have time to read this insight!


And what do we do "If there’s a gap of space, of breath?  We reach for our smart phones. 150 times a day, on average. Pretty stupid."


This blogger reminds us that Life is too short.  Life is too sweet.  And  not something to be ignored.


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James Harlan's curator insight, June 30, 2014 1:22 AM

give time and be happy :)

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9 Reasons You Need to Unplug

9 Reasons You Need to Unplug | Unplug | Scoop.it
These days, logging an overwhelming number of hours on our computers, laptops, smartphones, and iPads seems to be the norm. But it turns out you could be losing more than just precious time while plugged into the technology matrix. Here, the physical, mental, and emotional tolls of overusing the Internet -- and why occasionally disconnecting from the digital world may not be such a bad idea.
Susan Taylor's insight:

If you are over-plugged into technology, you are losing more than just precious time.  Here, the "physical, mental and emotional tolls of overusing the Internet".

 

If you unplug you will:

 

  1. Have more time for YOU
  2. Have real relationships
  3. Reduce muscle pain
  4. Increase productivity
  5. Save your skin
  6. Get better sleep
  7. Manage your mood
  8. Drive safer
  9. Kick the addiction
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Christi Krug's curator insight, March 27, 2014 6:35 PM

Okay, start talking about my orbit-frontal cortex possibly having white-matter abnormalities and you have my attention!

 

Seriously, I've started being extremely mindful about plugging in . . . noticing some changes in my thinking. So excited about my new intentions.

 

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Schedule Yourself In for an Appointment

Schedule Yourself In for an Appointment | Unplug | Scoop.it
There are steps you can take that will bring back that work life balance you’re looking for. It will take some planning and discipline, but you really can do it all.
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In today’s busy world, it feels as if spending more and more time married to our work is something we don't necessarily choose -- but instead something that is demanded of us.

 

Most of us have family and friends, but we we don't spend the quality time with them that we'd like. Yet with some planning and discipline, there are steps you can take to bring back some of the balance you crave. 

 

So schedule yourself in for an appointment and consider these suggestions from Project Eve.

 

(1) Put exercise on your list

(2) Limit the time you spend working at home

(3) Allow time for your hobbies

(4) Unplug yourself

(5) Schedule a social outlet

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Defry Your Burnt Brain: There are Better Solutions than Energy Drinks

Defry Your Burnt Brain: There are Better Solutions than Energy Drinks | Unplug | Scoop.it
Because there are better solutions than 5-Hour Energy drinks.
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Human beings need rest -- expecially after a hectic morning of getting kids to school, driving to work, multiple meetings, spreadsheets and screens.  By 3 PM we are exhausted.  And the more tired we are, the worse decisions we make.

 

Fast Company shares with ways to defry our burnt brain; because there are better solutions than energy drinks

 

  • Get some calm.  Meditate or do some yoga in the afternoon.  Even 20 minutes boots your brain function. 
  • Get some rest.  If you're feeling tired in the afternoon, take a nap.  As the great Zen saying goes: "Eat when hungry, sleep when tired".
  • Get some movement.  Walk, jog, run, exercise.
  • Get some perspective.  We need to be mindful of what we're doing and why we're doing it!

 

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Mindfulness Meditation Causes Molecular Changes in the Body

Mindfulness Meditation Causes Molecular Changes in the Body | Unplug | Scoop.it
A collaborative study from France, Spain and Wisconsin is the first to show molecular changes in the body occurring following a period mindfulness meditation.
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Meditation.  We are constantly reminded about the benefits of mindfulness to our emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.  Now we can add a physical element to that list.

 

"A collaborative study conducted by researchers from France, Spain and Wisconsin is the first to show molecular changes in the body occurring following a period mindfulness meditation." 

 

Of two groups -- one engaged in focused mindfulness practice -- the other engaged in quiet non-meditative activity -- the study revealed that after just 8 hours of practice, the mindfulness meditators showed a "range of genetic and molecular differences".  And these differences were observed only in the meditators.

 

Yet another valuable reason to cultivate calmness of mind.

 

 

 

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Sensitivity: Aliveness & Acute Awareness - How to Survive & Thrive

Sensitivity: Aliveness & Acute Awareness - How to Survive & Thrive | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Victoria Erickson beautifully touches on the world of the highly sensitive. An apt description of an hs: "this means if you are sensitive, you have the ability to see colors and feel energy the way others hear jet planes." This can also mean, for highly sensitives, the sound of jet planes is more like a knife slice through the torso. Referencing Elaine Aron, a pioneer in the study of the highly sensitive, Erickson's articulation creates a place of understanding and encouragement for sensitives (and for all of us). 


As an HSP myself, the encouraging reminders of how to thrive strike a familiar chord, some of the best include:


1. Water magic (find water, get feet wet, stand in awe, be still, soak it up up up)

2. Remember where you leave off and others pick up (energy soaker-uppers can become confused and overwhelmed)

3. Retreat, replenish & rejuvenate


Now, tell me, how can anyone, highly sensitive or not, go wrong with thrive-musts like these? And if you are an hs, Elaine Aron's books and website are a must for accepting and working within the wonders of who you are.

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Let's Stop Living to Work!

Let's Stop Living to Work! | Unplug | Scoop.it
"The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to
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Long commutes to work.  Sleeping with our electronic devices.  Missing out on important moments with family and loved ones.


It's time to renovate and repair the structure of our lives. Let's stop living to work!

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Sprucing & Juicing: A Digital Hiatus

Sprucing & Juicing: A Digital Hiatus | Unplug | Scoop.it
You extend the life re-chargeable batteries if you let the battery drain completely before you re-charge it....When to Take A Hiatus and How to Make A Hiatus Extra Useful and Holy...Hiate. (I made that word up.) Hiate when you're pumped to jump.
Susan Taylor's insight:

Danielle Laporte is taking a digital hiatus.  For a few weeks there will be no online publishing, Tweets, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.  And she thinks you should take one too.

 

Not the kind of digital hiatus where you simply recover, but one of sprucing and jucing -- where you "make space in which to prepare for the New".

 

When to take a hiatus and make it extra useful?

 

  1. Take a hiatus before you burn out; not because of it
  2. Take a hiatus when you want to enter a new creative phase
  3. Take a hiatus when it's time to create new habits
  4. Prepare for your hiatus; set a start and end date
  5. Have the courage to step back from what has substantially been feeding you

 

So go ahead and "hiate" -- Pause, Cleanse & Create!

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Alive Juices's curator insight, August 24, 2014 11:58 AM

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Disconnecting from Digital Devices is a Challenge

Disconnecting from Digital Devices is a Challenge | Unplug | Scoop.it
Fresh Air's Mary Ito and CBC Toronto News anchor Mike Wise on unplugging your high tech devices for the holidays.
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Disconnecting from Digital Devices is a challenge.  But the holidays might be the time to try, according to Mary Ito and Mike Wise on CBCradio.

 

Is it possible to unplug from your technology for an extended period of time?  In this conversation, Mary and Mike share that it's challenging, but doable. 

 

And the holidays might be the best time to try.  Many of us have time off from work and our colleageus have time off from work.  So if you've ever had an inkling that you might want to unplug -- even just a little bit -- now might be the time to do it.

 

 

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Ditch the Facebook and Go To Nepal

Ditch the Facebook and Go To Nepal | Unplug | Scoop.it
"I’m done with daily hustle, I’m tired of social media", this is something many of us feel. Those who were born before or 90’s know the best of life, not having these nicer means. Phone calls by...
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Are you fed up with the daily hustle?  Are you tired of social media?  If you've forgotten -- or never experienced -- life without smartphones and Facebook, then ditch the Facebook and go to Nepal.

 

Have luxurious candle light dinners -- every night!  Enjoy long chats with your family; play with your kids; get to know yourself.  Meditate.  Breathe.  Bask in the fresh mountain air.  Experience life without electricity.  Take all the time you need -- to just "be".

 

If you're constantly opening apps or "you go to your browser for other reasons and type in the Facebook or Twitter URL; then it is definitely time for you to come to Nepal."

 

 

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Work-Life Balance: Fact, Fiction or Fairytale?

Work-Life Balance: Fact, Fiction or Fairytale? | Unplug | Scoop.it
The work-life balance: Myth or not, it's worth searching for
Torrington Register Citizen
“There's power in discussing it,” said Teresa A.
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Work-life balance.  Fact, fiction or just a fairytale?

 

The idea that "we can find an equilibrium between our home and work lives" is the topic of too many blogs, articles and books these days -- some even referring to this balancing act as a "myth that leads to unrealistic expectations and stress." 

 

While the jury's still out on what to call it, the truth is this: Most of us still need a game plan for tackling Life's busy demands -- "especially as we grow ever-more connected to our smartphones and electronic devices."

 

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