Archive for the ‘how do you take a break?’ Category

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Some ditch social networks to reclaim time, privacy – USATODAY.com

February 10, 2010

So can you ditch your networks for a day…two….3,4,5? Try it for a few days, you’ll like it though day one will be a bit challenging. This is a USA today link with a video that as with most articles about his kind of get’s off track with security concerns, but also gives a peek into what happens next….

Some ditch social networks to reclaim time, privacy – USATODAY.com.

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Cliff Brown Art

February 7, 2010

here’s what happens when one of my favorite people, a lifetime CPA decides it’s time to enjoy life….not a digibreak, but a lifebreak. in fact, for him digital stuff is new, fun, exciting, but nothing but a tool. check out what a CPA can do if they set their minds to it.

Cliff Brown Art.

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FRONTLINE: digital nation: watch the full program | PBS

February 6, 2010

This is a full 90 minute program about our “distracted nation”. Really worth the time to watch and check some of the articles and submissions….

FRONTLINE: digital nation: watch the full program | PBS.

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Meditation Techniques – for Beginners @ ABC-of-Meditation

February 5, 2010

Here’s a great overview of meditation techniques…I don’t think there’s a “right ” way.

When I was first exposed to vipasana techniques….which starts with a 3 day meditation, I felt a bit like a wanna be, but it’s all good. I am a beginner though I’ve been doing it for years…..

I still want to experience the deeper forms like vipasana one day….can ‘t help but think about “eat pray love”….

Meditation Techniques – for Beginners @ ABC-of-Meditation.

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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: https://digibreak.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

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: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/relaxation-technique/SR00007

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.

full article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

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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.