Join Summer 2013 #DSUnplugged Weekends


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Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!Happy Early Summer (officially begins on June 21)!

We are at the six-month mark of 2013. Have you taken time to stop and reflect on what you have been feeling, doing, and experiencing in the past six months? If the answer is no, maybe, or I don’t know, then join the Summer 2013 Digital Sisterhood Unplugged (#DSUnplugged) Weekends. The first one kicks off on June 22 and 23. If you are looking for guidance on how to get started, read the list of suggestions and reflective questions below.

1) Take a pause for the cause right here and right now. Go on and breathe deeply. Yes, take some time now to breathe deeply seven times. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Feel free to make a soft or loud sound of “ha” when you exhale.

2) Now that you have taken your deep breaths, continue breathing in and out through your nose as you look at the photos below and answer the questions silently or out loud.

  • Are you a digital multi-tasker?
  • How often do you talk on your smartphone in between working on your iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer a lot?
  • How much time are you connected to your digital devices during your day and week?
  • How many minutes or hours do you spend sitting each day and week?
  • Are you very attached to your digital devices (always in your hands)?
  • Do you feel off balanced, overwhelmed and ready to throw up your hands and let out a scream, out of energy, or pulled in many directions after being online?
  • Do you have a regular self-care practice?

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley http://www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www. leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – www. leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www. leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – www. leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www. leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – www. leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – http://www.leighmosley.com

3) Taking a break or unplugging from your digital life and to-do lists may be just the thing you need to do to relax, recharge, reflect, and enjoy your summer. That’s why Digital Sisterhood Network is inviting you to participate in the #DSUnplugged Weekends on June 22 and 23, July  20 and 21, and August 24 and 25. We created #DSUnplugged Weekends to encourage women to slow down and take a break from their digital lives and electronic devices once a month. The break could be 30 minutes, an hour, a half-day, a full day, or an entire weekend. It’s up to each woman to choose and commit to a timeframe that  works best for her. If you’d like to join us, check out the list of resources and photo activity suggestions below. Also, use the #DSUnplugged hashtag to share your plans, comments, and questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

When you unplug, you become a Flowista. Celebrate your Flowista self! #DSFlowista

When you unplug, you become a Flowista. Celebrate your Flowista self! #DSFlowista

4) One last thing! When you unplug from your digital life and to-do lists (even if it is for five minutes each week), you become a Flowista. A Flowista is a woman  who unplugs from her digital life and tech devices for periods of time so she can recharge and take care of herself; and encourages women to unplug from their digital lives by incorporating mindfulness and self-care practices.

#DSUnplugged Weekend Resources

Unplugging Resources

Self-Care Resources

#DSUnplugged Weekend Photo Activity Suggestions

Turn off your digital devices, unplug, and go for a walk or run in nature.

Turn off your digital devices, unplug, and go for a walk or run in nature.

End your day early, unplug, and light some candles. Play some music. Pour yourself something lovely to drink. Sit quietly and take in the moments.

End your day early, unplug, and light some candles. Play some music. Pour yourself something lovely to drink. Sit quietly and take in the moments.

Practice yoga in bed to unplug!

Practice yoga in bed to unplug!

Unplug and take a yoga class outside with your digital sisters.

Unplug and take a yoga class outside with your digital sisters.

Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee to unplug!

Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee to unplug!

Unplug and take yourself on a "me" date at a local cafe, Starbucks or Argo Tea. Read a magazine. Write in your journal.

Unplug and take yourself on a “me” date at a local cafe, Starbucks or Argo Tea. Read a magazine. Write in your journal.

Unplug and get a mani-pedi with cool colors like purple!

Unplug and get a mani-pedi with cool colors like purple!

Unplug and hang out with one of your digital sisters in person (Xina Eiland and Ananda Leeke).

Unplug and hang out with one of your digital sisters in person (Xina Eiland and Ananda Leeke).

Become an artist and unplug so you can make a collage that celebrates you taking great care of yourself.

Become an artist and unplug so you can make a collage that celebrates you taking great care of yourself.

Unplug and savor something sweet. Cupcakes? Strawberries? Mangos? Water melon? Yogurt? Ice cream? Sorbet?

Unplug and savor something sweet. Cupcakes? Strawberries? Mangos? Water melon? Yogurt? Ice cream? Sorbet?

Unplug and have a spa day!

Unplug and have a spa day!

Unplug and listen to music like Keiko Matsui's Dream Walk CD.

Unplug and listen to music like Keiko Matsui’s Dream Walk CD.

Unplug and see where the moment takes you! Enjoy!

Unplug and see where the moment takes you! Enjoy!

Special Invitation for Washington, D.C. Area Residents:

If you are in the D.C. area on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m., join Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke, a registered yoga teacher, for a free kind and gentle yoga class (30 minutes) in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park.  Click here for details.  Also, sign up for Ananda’s free 30 minute yoga classes in the park (June – November).

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