Steven Petrow Special for USA TODAY Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 On a recent Hawaiian vacation, I chose to leave my phone at the house as often as possible. No phone meant no email, no music, no clock, no social media, and no camera. No camera meant no pictures – no snaps of white sand beaches, coffee plantations, or black lava outcrops — which meant no sharing on Facebook and Instagram. Instead I practiced what I’d learned a few years ago at a “Digital Detox” retreat, putting aside the lens to look at the world through my own eyes (and to save it in my own memory, not the camera’s). At that retreat, on a hike through Northern California’s redwood forests, I reflexively itched to photograph and share nature’s beauty thinking, “no picture meant no experience, no memory.” Levi Felix, the program’s late co-founder, suggested we take “Inner-grams” instead – capturing full scenes, including … [Read more...] about Why I only took one photo on my summer vacation, or how to take ‘Inner-grams’
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FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2016, file photo, octagon-side models look at their cell phones between mixed martial arts bouts at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Our phones and apps are designed to give us short-term, feel-good rewards, so weþÄôll use them as much as possible, at the expense of reading, enjoying the moment or simply being bored. Due in part to a backlash from customers and experts, some companies are relenting, Google, for example, plans features such as a þÄúwind downþÄù mode in its next mobile operating system, P, which will start arriving on phones in the fall. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we canþÄôt seem to shake. But itþÄôs not all our fault. From the constant notifications to … [Read more...] about Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest An opioid alternative: Vanderbilt doctor's relief retreats give pain patients their lives back Dr. Tracy Jackson is a pain management specialist at Vanderbilt who is developing alternative solutions to address Tennessee's opioid crisis. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Jessica Bliss, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 10:00 p.m. CT April 21, 2018 | Updated 10:28 p.m. CT April 21, 2018 CLOSE Dr. Tracy Jackson, an anesthesiologist and a pain specialist develops Relief Retreats, a new way to effectively … [Read more...] about An opioid alternative: Vanderbilt doctor’s relief retreats give pain patients their lives back
Retreats are brief getaways at which members of religious communities gather for prayer, introspection and other activities in a peaceful environment away from workaday lives. This week’s clergy discuss how a retreat — either with a group or in solitude — can help the faithful reflect and reconnect with their spiritual side. Panna Shah Member, Long Island Multi-Faith Forum Taking time to go on a spiritual retreat and leave behind day-to-day worldly issues provides an opportunity to reconnect with our inner self, as well as with others, in a serene atmosphere. It helps one to realize the truth of their being and the essence of their existence. Jain retreat is an opportunity to live spiritually with like-minded souls in total harmony with each other and with surroundings. It promotes feelings of friendship, compassion, appreciation and equanimity. Retreats can be personal, during special life challenges or in groups to discover peace within. Retreats can be at home by … [Read more...] about Asking the Clergy: What are the spiritual benefits of going on retreat?
The new year is a time many choose to focus on making healthier choices, whether it's eating better, exercising more, or trying to de-stress and focus on what's most important in life. While celebrities aren't always known to give the best health advice, they can sometimes be a good source of inspiration when making these lifestyle changes. Digital detox Though the thought of unplugging from social media or leaving your iPhone at home may seem impossible, occasionally disconnecting from digital devices has numerous health benefits. "Digital detox is really big this year because it helps you not only decompress, it's good for your health, it's good for your neck muscles, it's good for every part of your body," Dr. Roshini Raj of NYU Langone Medical Center told CBS News. She recommends a couple of strategies to get started. "Things like just setting an alarm clock instead of using your phone as your alarm. Going on airplane mode while working out is a great way to avoid getting texts … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Celebrity health trends worth trying in 2016