Observing the Sabbath

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” – Genesis, 2:2-3 New King James Bible

The practice of resting and reflecting every seven days is one that many major religions have incorporated. There is deep wisdom in this practice that I have found hard to observe. Incorporating rest and reflection in our lives need not mean going to a mosque, synagogue or church. It could be a walk in nature, a nap with my children, time out to read or journal or simply to potter around my other temple i.e. my home.

If you are finding that the demands of life (work, laundry, shopping, social engagements, home improvements and that never ending to do list) have crowded out down time, try finding small and creative ways of reclaiming sacred space for yourself, if not daily then weekly at least.