Setting Aside A Personal Sabbath

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy says that it doesn’t matter which day you set aside as your own personal Sabbath, it just matters that you keep one.

Here is her short guide of what you should not be doing on your Sabbath:

  • Strenuous household chores
  • Catching up on work you didn’t complete last week
  • Getting a head start on work you’re supposed to start on Monday
  • Shopping at large department stores that have slick circulars

This is what the Sabbath is for:

  • Reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, recreation, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for & saying “thank you”
  • Going to your  Church, Mosque, Temple, or Synagogue
  • Going on a walk
  • Going antiquing
  • Sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray
  • Working with crossword puzzles before a roaring fire
  • Staying in your pyjamas until noon on rainy winter days
  • Attending a marvellous art exhibition or movie matinee
  • Listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry & prepare a fabulous feast
  • Indulging in cake baking as a form of meditation

What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.

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