Spiritual Practice

Spiritual Practices

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Prayer – Prayer is like a portable Sabbath, when we close our eyes for just a moment and let the mind rest in the heart. Like the Muslims who stop to pray five times a day, like the Angelus, we can be stopped by a bell, a sunset, a meal, and we can pray. Something close to the heart, and simple. Perhaps a line from the Twenty-third Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, a short blessing:

May all beings be happy, may all beings be at peace. Thank you, God , for this most amazing day.

Traditional Sabbaths are filled with prayers. But we can begin slowly, with a simple prayer, like a pebble dropped into the middle of our day, rippling out over the surface of our life.

2.
Nature – time in nature is a nourishing, healing Sabbath practice.
The Sabbath was born with the creation of the earth, so Sabbath time beats in intimate synchronicity with the rhythms of nature.

Set aside a period of time, alone or with someone close to you, and walk, bike, sail, nap – anything that allows your body to be soothed by the enfolding nourishment of the earth.

3.
Children – Go with your child on an outing to the park or some other place where you can lie back and watch the cloud formations overhead. Tell each other what you see in those clouds.

4.
Reading – Books about Sabbath
“A Day of Rest” – Martha Whitmore Hickman
“Sabbath” – Wayne Muller
“Sabbath Sense” – Donna Schaper