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By Vickie Speek

In praise of a day unplugged

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- In an era of e-mail, cell phones, pagers, home satellite dishes and "constant connectivity" to the Internet, many people are rediscovering the need for a Sabbath - a day, an hour or a season when they consciously disconnect from the machine to rest, rebalance their lives and restore their perspectives.

Rula Scoville,a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints (Mormons), is one of those people. Scoville says members of her church are encouraged to honor the Sabbath by refraining from working, shopping or participating in recreational activities. Sunday is a day for church, scripture study and families.

"We call Sunday a day of rest, but it can be one of the busiest of the week," Scoville said.

Six tips were suggested for enjoying a peaceful Sabbath day:

  • * Plan ahead.
  • * Notify loved ones that you're unplugging from electronic communications for the day.
  • * Start small. If you don't have 24 hours, start with an hour. As your habit grows, so will the time you find for your Sabbath.
  • * Begin with a ritual. Make up your own, or take one from your faith tradition.
  • * Relax.
  • * Re-enter the techno world slowly. Don't rush back - take some of the Sabbath feeling with you into the week.


In praise of a day unplugged
San Francisco Chronicle pgC8 29Apr01 I2
By Don Lattin


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