Probably lost some of you at the title, but even if you're not religious, hang in a minute.
Because we all need a day of rest. And I'd like you to spend just a little bit of Sunday thinking about how you could commit to--and benefit from-- a Sabbath practice in the new year.
|you've done enough. you can rest now.|
As a nation, Americans are more overworked than nearly any industrialized country. In 2000 we worked 199 more hours per year than we did in 1975. That's of course for those of us lucky enough to still be employed-- which is part of the reason we're overworked. It's typical for companies to cut jobs and simply shift the responsiblities to remaining employees. And we don't take vacation. On average, we're now getting 12 days of paid holiday per year compared to the 30-40 of European counterparts. And we tend to only use 10, because who has the energy to do the double time on either end at work?
|day is done|
It's time to take back some time. At least a little. And to do it consciously, intentionally, repeatedly.
Your challenge for tomorrow (even if it is your work day) is to figure out some space you will take at least once a week to hold yourself and your time sacred. And decide what that means. How can you dedicate a bit of time to nurturing and honoring your own soul? Is it an hour (or day) where you turn off all outside communication links to enjoy some uninterrupted pursuits? Is it a time period every day where you dedicate yourself to listening to that small still voice?
How can you offer yourself some sacred time for rest and reflection this coming week?
As always I would love to hear your thoughts.
|gone the sun|
Some related readings:
Oldie but a good un with the great Andrei Codrescu on why non-believers need a Sabbath too
Last year's Sabbath challenge here
Quotes of the day:
“Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.”--Walter Bruggemann
"Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” --Mark Buchanan
Song of the day: (thanks to my world-friend Sebastiano for this one)