A Woman, Thinking

How To Sabbath

Word of the YearPoppy Lochridge1 Comment

This is the final part of a new series regarding Sabbath, my Word of the Year for 2015. Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.

Choose a day
Choose an hour
Light a candle. Maybe two.
Bless the light.
Let the light bless you.

Choose. Choose your next action
and the next and the next.
Avoid commerce.
Give Delight.
Watch a cat nap.
Make art.
Avoid that which feels like work
Do not hesitate to expend effort for joy
Watch a movie
Enjoy nature.

Feel. Feel joy. Feel grief and be grateful
that you can still feel this bad.
Feel love. Feel awe.
Feel amazement.
If you are called, dance.
Make music.
Do not give in to the crushing pressure to make something
The sale will wait until tomorrow. And you don't
need it anyway. You are incredible
just as you are.

You are incredible
just as you are.

Read. Think. Dream.

Contemplate the star stuff that makes up your every cell.
Trace the path that an apple takes
to reach your lips. Start
with the sapling.
Recognize how much you do not know.
What is the first name of the person who made your table?
Let vastness envelope you. Sit side-by-side with
the Universe and compare notes.
Repeat Julian of Norwich's famous saying:
"All shall be well and all shall be well and
all manner of things shall be well."
Try to believe it.
Relax. The world will continue.
If you can, do not require others to serve you.
Allow them their sabbath from your needs.
Feel compassion.
Let your heart grow three sizes this day.