This is an invitation to join me in a Sabbath. A rest. Sound radical? It is.
Are you feeling more tired than usual and wondering why if mercury is out of retrograde the keys on the computer won’t do what you tell them to? I have heard more news in the past three days of folks collapsing for no reason…so I am doing a call to Sabbath.
It starts tonight at sundown and goes until sundown the next day. The miracle is in the starting the night before. In the Jewish tradition it starts with the lighting of the Shabbat candles and prayer. Then we put our keys and phones away and our beloved computers who are so prevalent they are almost like pets. Have you named yours? What would it take for you to Sabbath with me? I know this is short notice – but I was inspired. SHHHH…I am still in my new pink Eileen West nightgown and I think I will stay there on through.
I got to thinking about the Ten Commandments, now whether or not you agree with Christianity, and whether or not you know the greatest commandment that came after, which is to Love Creator, and Love your neighbor, I want us to ponder something. First the scripture…
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
What I invite you to ponder is that many of the other commandments are things many of us can agree on, not killing, stealing or coveting eachother’s stuff, cheating on your beloved or bearing false witness – things like that. But do you KNOW what the 4th one is:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male worker, nor your female worker, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Why were we commanded to rest? In a world that’s gone mad, I think it is pretty obvious what happens when folks don’t get enough rest. I have often thought to myself, how can we not covet, steal and kill if we do not rest? Maybe Creator or Mother and Father Divine, put it there for a reason. You think? Even our cattle are not supposed to work. Around Cosmic Cowgirls if we don’t have a workshop, we don’t e-mail amongst ourselves on the weekends mostly, and we don’t work unless we absolutely have to – and we put our horses out into the meadow. There is a decency in stopping working — and we need it.
I am not trying to get all religious on us, though I am a Creator-loving girl…but I felt compelled to share…to invite you to ponder rest. Not just a day off, but a sundown to sundown. Eat, sleep, pray, read, make love, ponder, dream, vision.
The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart. Anita Diament
And if not tonight, perhaps tomorrow. The beginning of this was inspired by my coaching client and friend, Marie Howell, because as her assignment, I told her to Sabbath, then I said I would do it with her. And so now I am inviting you. Yesterday I invited about 7,000 people so there will be lots of us, including the Jewish flame keepers, the Seventh Day Adventists and many Orthodox traditions as well. Billions of us resting at the same time. Sounds life saving to me. If God needed to rest after making the world, surely that is sound counsel for someone from any tradition.
I extend the red thread of the Sabbath to you my Joys…
Divine Spirit of All Life
Bless us in our rest
Renew our minds, hearts and bodies
Grant us your wisdom
Grant us your peace
Help us to feel your holy presence
Help us to slow down, to release our stresses
Guide us into the sweetness of your Sabbath.