Archive for January, 2010


Vipassana Meditation Website

January 31, 2010

Vipassana Meditation Website.

This is really serious stuff….way  beyond anything i’ve done, but I'[m watching the videos trying to get a grip. I was referred to this site by John Miles
Chief of What’s Next i n t e g r i t i v e, inc.
a TEDster I met through the TED social network.


Warning, Your Cell Phone May Be Hazerdous To Your Health: Gear + Gadgets: GQ

January 27, 2010

Warning, Your Cell Phone May Be Hazerdous To Your Health: Gear + Gadgets: GQ. as if we didn’t know…all the more reason to take a break!


Getting Grounded

January 26, 2010

My disconnect from my feet began when I was in my teens and I got my first pair of arch supports. This was followed by years of high tech running shoes and culminated in wearing MBT’s.

As the distance literally grew between my feet and the ground I got more and more unsteady. I remember feeling for years in dance or yoga glass like there was a disconnect from my knees down.

Last week I started seeing a Z health practitioner, which in my interpretation is a systematic qigong joint mobility program with Western terminology. It basically uses proprioceptive rewiring to reconnect your brain with your body and fix alignment issues and overcome pain responses. I noticed after 2 days that my feet began to absolutely hate all my shoes. It was as if they were screaming at me every time I put something on my feet, “These soles are too rigid!” or “I can’t move!”

I invested in a pair of Sprint Vibram Five Finger shoes which basically allow you to walk barefoot everywhere. They take some breaking in. At first they feel like you are wearing those toes spacers you wear when you get a pedicure.

I just came back from a walk with my dogs and it was a different experience. I felt fully in my body. My feet were picking up information when we walked over the assphault versus the cement sidewalk versus different kinds of earth and vegetation. It was like I had 2 extra hands supplying me with extra input. I didn’t realize until this moment just how disconnected I had gotten.

There is a deadness that sweeps over us as we get more and more involved with our gadgets that occurs so slowly from childhood to adulthood that it is almost imperceptible. To be able to integrate that left-brained knowledge with our body’s grounded intuition is a beautiful experience.

Next time you take a break try walking around barefoot.


Great Stuff on Relaxation and More From The Mayo Clinic

January 26, 2010

Relaxation techniques: Learn ways to reduce your stress

Relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life. Explore relaxation techniques you can do on your own.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Relaxation techniques are an essential part of your quest for stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.

Whether your stress is spiraling out of control or you’ve already got it tamed, you can benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Learning basic relaxation techniques is easy, often free or low cost, and poses little risk. Explore these simple relaxation techniques to get you started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.

full article:

Relaxation techniques are an essential part of your quest for stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.

full article:

Meditation: Take a stress-reduction break wherever you are

Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace. See how you can easily learn to practice meditation whenever you need it most.

By Mayo Clinic staff

If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even just a few minutes in meditation can restore calm and inner peace.

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. And you can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.

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So What Do You Do When You’re Taking a Break?

January 18, 2010

Years ago in an acupuncture class my teacher gave us the assignment to be “totally present” for 24 hours during all of our activities. (This was similar to what the Zen Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh advocates.) So, when we did the dishes we just focused on doing the dishes, no TV, no radio, etc. And you do these activities just for the sake of doing them. I remember feeling so frustrated, annoyed, and deprived. I simply experienced emptiness and it wasn’t pleasant.

I do not have ADHD. I don’t get bored easily. So why wasn’t I able to comfortably do the assignment? I remember as a child exploring the woods on my grandparents’ farm in upstate New York and sitting still and just watching the quiet forest come alive when it thought I had left it alone. I had no problems being present then.

I remember going to the Amazon years later and feeling the world I knew slip away under its dense canopy, as if the modern world had never existed. I felt absolutely present then.

I could sit for hours painting or drawing as a teenager completely immersed in the present moment.

So what was different then? I was sitting in awe of great beauty.
I realized that what worked better for me was not simply removing the distractions, but focusing my attention on something I wanted to fill my life with, like, beauty, joy, connection, peace, etc.

Give the moment to a higher purpose.

When you are sitting in the car, stuck in traffic, try turning off the radio. Notice how beautiful the sunset or sunrise is or the clouds in the sky. Just for a moment. Don’t make a big deal out of it. Just a moment.

Next time you are waiting in line rather than checking your email or texting someone, simply be in line and look around you. Don’t allow yourself to focus on the distracted chaos that is usually apparent, but see something beautiful, something peaceful and embrace it.

The next time you have a conversation with someone really see them. Listen as if there was no time; as if there was nothing you had to do as soon as the conversation was over. Just listen and feel how good being connected to another human being feels.

When you are with a child or a pet this can be easier and might be a good first step. For example, if you ever watch the Dog Whisperer , the host Caesar Milan always talks about how your energy in the moment affects your dogs . This is especially helpful when you have a problem dog. Notice how your energy is around the dog and how when you change it, your dog’s behavior changes almost immediately.

This little exercise will bring you peace. A peace that is not dependent upon the constantly changing events around you. It is a peace that is based on what you choose to place in the spaces between the noise.


Book Review: You Are Not a Gadget –

January 14, 2010

great article in the wsj yesterday worth looking at! it’s more social network oriented, but this is one of the original pioneers (Jaron Lanier) or virtual worlds. One of concerns is about the loss of individuality, but he worries that the power of google and others smacks of a big brotherish future….

Book Review: You Are Not a Gadget –


Links and stuff

January 13, 2010
fabulous article by my friend the brilliant Linda Stone. And, if you like that….

That was in “answer” to the question posed here this year: “How has the internet Changed Your Life”


Why you should write in this blog

January 13, 2010

Digibreak is not an income producing site, it’s a relief site to help guide us to reconnect with that which really matters to each of us. We each have our own values and desires and ways to experience  silence and the positive energy that drives within us. I’m stressing when I should be happy. Why am I doing this when I think my writing sucks, I guess it’s because I don’t think my ideas suck. Yours don’t either, so don’t worry about beautiful writing and brilliant new thinking, just contribute. All writing is good writing!



January 12, 2010

So what is a digibreak? Well what it was is that I was driven by anxiety about my connectedness. The fact that I couldn’t escape my digital toys.

What I now realize is that it’s really about reconnecting not disconnecting. I missed connecting with Nature, with God, with Love

Digibreak. what does it mean to you….it meant a need to be disconnected from everything digital…even facebook! Now it means so much more

to me. It means reconnecting with life. It’s what we’ve been told by yogi’s and such for many many years, you have to have quiet in your mind

to grow and expand your horizons. I invite you to contribute your thoughts.