System Reboot, Anyone? – Anne Jablonski
We’re so continually connected to online media these days that it’s almost unconscious. After all, what are you doing right now? If you weren’t reading this chances are you’d be doing something else online: maybe scouring the web, checking your weather app, seeing what’s up on social media, or texting a colleague or a pal.
Far too many of us, too much of the time, use technology un-consciously. It’s snuck up on us non-digital natives, hasn’t it? A report a couple years ago by ZenithOptimedia revealed that, on average, adults spend more than 490 minutes of their day with some sort of media, and teens spend even more time than that. Our creativity and our bodies pay a steep price for this.
Maybe its time for a real break. Consider this recent study on the effects of time in nature or “Shinrin-yoku” (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing) conducted by the Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences in Japan’s Chiba University:
“The results show that forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments. These results will contribute to the development of a research field dedicated to forest medicine, which may be used as a strategy for preventive medicine.”
This experiment was conducted after just 30 minutes in nature as compared to a walk in an urban environment. Imagine what a week of Big Sky Montana, Rocky Mountain full-out, surrounding, pristine nature could do in regards to resetting your system!
Where better to unplug than at the Feathered Pipe Ranch — where we can have some serious fun while we’re at it? Join our handpicked team of leaders in the fields of yoga, mindful movement, visual arts, sound, and meditation for a rejuvenating week choreographed to enliven all your senses — with ample unscheduled time for you to drift easy and soak up the gifts of leisure time at the Ranch. This second running of Feathered Pipe’s homegrown Mindful Unplug Ranch program takes place during the longest days of summer solstice light, when Montana’s wildflowers are in their full glory and the new moon light of this special week will offer us exceptionally brilliant starlit nights., 24 June – 1 July, The Mindful Unplug: Embodying Mindfulness, Enlivening the Senses.
On any given day at this homegrown Feathered Pipe program, do as much or as little as you choose. A banquet of options is yours to choose from to experience the world with all your senses in full play. (And we will most definitely play!)
— EMBODY MINDFULNESS. Annie Moyer and Amir Tahami offer morning and afternoon yoga dedicated to the qualities and attitudes that feed and are fed by a quiet mind.
— SEE ANEW. Small group “See the Light Hikes” with renowned photographer Zane Williams revitalize your ability to “see” the rich world about you — a world illuminated and shaped by light and shadow, form and gesture.
— CREATE AND RECEIVE THE GIFT OF SOUND. Using both passive and participatory experience, Todd Hammes, gifted sound artist and life-long student of the percussive arts, will guide us to tune into and receive healing vibrations and notes from nature and use nature’s instruments at the Ranch to create sound.
— RELAXATION REBOOT AND HAPPINESS HACKS. Daily, guided meditation sessions (with yours truly) help you tune in to your own inner guidance system, clear the static, and experience the freedom that comes only from quiet inner listening.
Unplugging, rebooting, and plugging back in consciously is what The Mindful Unplug is all about. Come as you are. It’s easy to be at the Feathered Pipe Ranch. Absolutely no prior experience with mindfulness practices, yoga, or any of the modalities offered during this marvelous week is required.
As always, we ask you to accept our heartfelt thanks for continuing to bless the Ranch with your prayers, your ongoing support for our programs, and your donations. We appreciate every single contribution that’s been made. See you under the Big Sky this summer, good people.
President, Feathered Pipe Foundation