Spiritual WISDOM from Various Traditions
“Let Us Remember the Sabbath” from: “The Sabbath” by Wayne Muller
“Let us remember the Sabbath”. Let us breathe deeply in the rhythm of life, of the earth, of action and rest.
Traditionally we remember the Jewish Sabbath which has been so richly evolved with history and ritual.
Sabbath is honored by lighting candles, gathering in worship and prayer, blessing children, singing songs, keeping silence, walking, reading scripture, making love, and sharing a meal.
Some form of Sabbath time is practiced not only by Jews but also Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Native tribes around the world.
The practice of Sabbath is like the practice of taking refuge. In Buddhism, one takes refuge in the Buddha nature, and in the wisdom of the Buddha and in the family of the Buddha. In so doing, one joins the company of all those who have sought healing and liberation. Thus, when one sits in meditation, all the saints and ancestors send loving-kindness, as they accompany each and every breath,
Jesus offered this .same beautiful practice to his disciples.
“Make your home in me, he said, as I make mine in you. The kingdom is within you, and I am with you always”. When you come to rest, you will feel me. You will remember who you are, that you are the light of he world.
Sabbath time can become our refuge.
Sabbath time is not superior to our work. The practice is rather to find that balance point at which, having rested, we do our work with greater joy and ease.
Like a path through the forest, Sabbath creates a marker for ourselves so, if we are lost, we can find our way back to our center.
So “Remember the Sabbath.” Remember that everything you have received is a blessing. Remember to delight in your life and in the fruit of your labors.