Unplugging + Mindfulness.
Shabbat, much like yoga or meditation for some, is an act of rebellion against a constantly moving world. Relinquishing control, being present, unplugging from technology, quieting the thoughts in our minds — these things are hard. But lighting the candles on Friday night can be a tool to meditate on gratitude; sharing challah with friends can be a tool to eat with awareness. There is no disconnect between the healing aspects of Shabbat and the restorative aspects of yoga and meditation.
Unplug to PAUSE
Going offline one day a week feels like an epiphany, a radical act of protection against the always-on always-available world. — Tiffany Shlain
Will you take the challenge? We sat down with some of our favorite folks across industries to talk about the idea of habitually unplugging from our weekly grind (AND from technology!) to give ourselves space to truly be present. Say it with us: rest. is. good. You’ll be better for it.
A Mindful Shabbat
This guide was created to help deepen your Shabbat practice with new teachings, movement meditations, and ways of looking at Jewish ritual as a gift from our ancestors to mindfully pause, reflect, celebrate and nourish yourself and your community each and every week.
Setting the Table with Gratitude
After a long week of work, a great practice to transition into Shabbat is to reflect on what we’re grateful for from the week past. It’s a way to honor the week, close that chapter, and enter into a new one: Shabbat.
Learn: OneTable Shabbat Meditations
Finding presence, quieting the thoughts in our minds, and transitioning seamlessly into Shabbat — these things are hard. But what can help us shift from constantly doing to simply being are Shabbat rituals infused with mindfulness-based meditations.
Learn: MJL Shabbat Meditations
Shabbat is a day of being, not doing. As interpreted by the rabbis, the day’s multitude of do’s and don’ts are essentially about not making anything, not destroying anything, and simply taking the world as we find it–for one day. The rest of the week, we Jews are exhorted to improve the world, better ourselves, and provide for our extended families in whatever roles in which we find ourselves. But this day: just be.
Listen: The Judaism Unbound Podcast
Tiffany Shlain talks about her “tech shabbat” and the impact that refraining from digital screen technology has on her life.
Read: 24/6 Life
In 24/6, internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.
Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.
Institute for Jewish Spirituality: Resources for Challenging Times
Jewish tradition offers rich, accessible, and time-tested resources to cope with moments like these. The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, which has pioneered the development and teaching of Jewish mindfulness practices for over 20 years, is here for you now. They are offering resources including daily online meditations, Jewish yoga classes, weekly Torah study, and a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Starter Kit.
“People on Instagram told me that doing Jewish would make me feel better — and they were kind of right.”
Or HaLev creates open, immersive and transformational Jewish meditation retreats around the world, offering a taste of Judaism as it can be – open, healing, and inspirational.
Mindful Breathing and Mindful Listening
There are two types of mindfulness practice that are so helpful and important that they deserve special mention: mindful breathing and mindful listening. Each method offers you a way to inhabit the present moment more fully and either can be the first step to a healthier life.