Restoring a Rhythm of Sacred Rest in a 24/7 World

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  • Title: Restoring a Rhythm of Sacred Rest in a 24/7 World: An Exploration of Technology Sabbath and Connection to the Earth Community
  • Author(s): Lisa Naas Cook
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Religion in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Keywords: Lifeworld Practices, Sustainability
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2015
  • ISSN: 2154-8633 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8641 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v05i04/51119
  • Citation: Naas Cook, Lisa. 2015. "Restoring a Rhythm of Sacred Rest in a 24/7 World: An Exploration of Technology Sabbath and Connection to the Earth Community." The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 5 (4): 17-27. doi:10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v05i04/51119.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

The practice of intentional unplugging from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), often called a technology Sabbath, appears to be a growing trend discussed in the popular press. The relationship between technology Sabbath and feelings of connection to people and the Earth is explored through two modes of inquiry: (1) a one-month phenomenological study of ten individuals’ weekly, 24-hour technology Sabbath experiences recorded in journals and interviews and (2) a review of biological, social science, and theological perspectives on a rhythm of rest. Study results suggest participants generally experience intentional unplugging as a pause for reflection on technology’s role and value in their lives. Results are mixed as to how people experience feelings of connection to other people and the Earth during technology Sabbath time. Review of biological and social science literature reveals that 24-7 connectivity can disrupt the rest humans need. Theologians Richard H. Lowery, Arthur Waskow, and Norman Wirzba make the case that Sabbath spirituality—through the experience of delight and gratitude for an abundant creation, liberation from human productivity and control of the Earth, and reflective time—offers wisdom for restoring a rhythm of rest necessary for both personal and planetary well-being