We all need a sabbath
- Secular or religious, a Sabbath is not about rest, but about rejuvenation.
- 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? Christmas? Spring Break? Summer?
- 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. The Sabbath itself is a sanctuary which we build, a sanctuary in time. (29)
- 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 12 hours on a Sunday.
- Find that time frame and stick to that same time frame EVERY WEEK
Why take a sabbath?
- 8 Different Types of Burnout:
- Mental Burnout: "My mind can't process anymore; it's fried."
- Emotional Burnout: "These heavy or anxious emotions are exhausting!"
- Compassion Burnout: "I can't hold anymore loving space for anyone else; I'm tapped."
- Relational Burnout: "I've been over-giving to others, my organization or my community/family, and I am over it."
- Survival Burnout: "I'm exhausted from trying to make ends meet and stay afloat."
- Atlas Burnout: "The weight of taking on so much is too much; I can't hold it all anymore."
- Passion Burnout: "I love what I do, but I've given too much, and I've pushed myself too hard."
- Physical Burnout: My body is fighting against me; I have depleted my life force."
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...
"The Sabbath is not an occasion for diversion or frivolity; not a day to shoot fireworks or turn somersaults, but an opportunity to mend our tattered lives; to collect rather than to dissipate time. . . . the Sabbath is not dedicated exclusively to spiritual goals. It is a day of the soul as well as the body; comfort and pleasure are an integral part of the Sabbath observance" (Heschel 18,19).
- Go to your house of worship if you are religious.
- Go out to nature or the beach if that is your place of solace.
- If you gain energy from solitude, sequester yourself in your room.
- If you gain energy being around other people, 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 sick, 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,
- 3 days,
- 2 days,
- 1 day.
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.
Heschel, Abraham. The Sabbath. Farrar Straus, Giroux, 1951.