It wasn’t so long ago that we had a mandatory day of rest. Well, I suppose that was 30 years ago and something my children will never know, at least by mandatory standards. Times have changed, and over time we have gradually done away with the day of rest. So much to do and to consume, we have no time to rest for fear of missing out on something more. What just hit me, the “more” that we are scurrying to find, is right in front of our eyes. If we would only take a rest and be mindful enough to see the beauty and love among us.
I just couldn’t wait to get up this morning to remember the Sabbath. On our drive out to Colorado, I read An Altar in the World that lead me down nostalgia lane and expanded my connection to the sacred in all. When my eyes opened and I took my first breath of the early morning, I was filled with new on this Sabbath. Today, I am taking the view from a wide lens with lots of focus. I am seeking altars in the world today, where I see God.
“Sabbath is the great equalizer, the great reminder that we do not live on this earth but in it, and that everything we do under the warming tent of this planet’s atmosphere affects all who are woven into this web with us.”
When the butterfly flutters in New York, they feel its breeze in Tokyo. I love to think about the significance of the seemingly minute. If only we allow ourselves the presence to consider the grandeur of the plan, the meaning of our life is simple. We are here to serve others. I was mindful enough to recognize the ski bus driver to consider: Thank you, bless you; you have served me well today. The over-the-road truck driver who pulled off the road to put tire chains on was honoring his purpose to deliver goods to others. The author of the book I am reading has served me well, thank you.
The author, Barbara Brown Taylor, is a compelling writer. The book is part memoir and part spiritual growth, written in prose and poem. As a former parish priest and now professor, she beautifully wraps theology into daily life.
Each chapter is a practice of simplified living in its fullest. Her insight expands awareness and calls to action those seeking conscious living. She reminds us that the sacred are among us; we create the altars to celebrate life; love and peace is available to all who will accept it. These practices of mindfulness connect us all.
- The Practice of Waking Up to God – Vision
- The Practice of Paying Attention – Reverence
- The Practice of Wearing Skin – Incarnation
- The Practice of Walking on the Earth – Groundedness
- The Practice of Getting Lost – Wilderness
- The Practice of Encountering Others – Community
- The Practice of Living with Purpose – Vocation
- The Practice of Saying No – Sabbath
- The Practice of Carrying water – Physical Labor
- The Practice of Feeling Pain – Breakthrough
- The Practice of Being Present to God – Prayer
- The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings – Benediction
I am adding this book to the Reading Resources for the Life Entrepreneur. With wisdom and clarity, she deduces simplicity from the complexity of life. She offers a practical application of conscious living through the practice of mindfulness and simplified living. It was exactly how I needed to begin my spring break vacation – with a day of rest to see the sacred.