Sabbath

A built in hold

Whether due to religious observance or secular lifestyle, we all need a sabbath

  • Think now when your next full day break is.
  • An approaching holiday?
  • The end of the semester?
  • Those are too far away and you'll burn yourself out.

What is a sabbath?

  • In many religions, the Godhead rested from creating creation and therefore adherents are to rest as well.
  • What is supposed to happen on a sabbath is NO CREATIVE WORK. NO PRODUCTIVE WORK.
  • Sabbaths are to be a time of fellowship with family and friends, of rejuvenation, of introspection.
  • Sabbaths are weekly, and usually cover 24 hours.
  • In the Jewish faith, a sabbath runs from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, EVERY WEEK.
  • If your life is far too filled for a 24 hour sabbath, then choose an increment of time you can have, such as 8 hours on a Friday, or 6 hours on a Sunday.
  • Find that time frame and stick to it every week

Why take a sabbath?

  • If you know, every moment of the day, that a full day of rest is coming in 6 days...5 days...4 days..etc, you can push yourself harder in the week to be more efficient and to get more done.
  • As you'll see, after a day of rest, you'll hit the grounding running hard. Refreshed, rejuvenated, revitalized, both mentally and physically.

You are a horrible procrastinator

  • It's not altogether bad that you procrastinate (which is sometimes the mind needing a rest from the stresses)
  • You are horrible at procrastinating because when you are playing that video game, your mind keeps thinking: "I should be studying". You're not even enjoying yourself!
  • When you are studying, you are thinking "I'd rather be playing that video game"
  • A sabbath helps relieve the guilt of NOT doing something, of NOT getting something done

When on your sabbath...

  • Go to your house of worship if you are religious.
  • Go out to nature or the beach if that is your place of solace.
  • It is time for communion with others, connections to other people, and alignment with yourself.
  • Have a barbecue, meet with friends, play with your kids.
  • DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT IS PRODUCTIVE: no cleaning, no yard work, no organizing, no shopping...don't even THINK about what you need to do.
  • The ONLY "work" you can do is to help the infirm, the elderly, or small children.

When the sabbath ends...

  • It's over!
  • Done is done, back to work, to productivity, to accomplishments.
  • Some nights of the week may result in so very little sleep and very little leisure because there is too much that needs done.
  • Know that the next sabbath is quickly approaching in 6 days, 5 days, 4 days...

Do NOT ever skip a sabbath

  • The most important day is not the six others where you are productive every moment.
  • The most important day is the sabbath.
  • Do not skip a sabbath either because you are too busy or feel as if you don't deserve one.

Copyright © Warren Jones. 2006-2017