The Sabbath Sabotage
Why is it so hard?
Why is it so difficult to do such a seemingly easy thing?
It should not be so hard to do.... well nothing!
The truth of the matter is that taking true sabbath or a 24 hour period of rest each week is one of the most taxing and difficult things that the modern person could ever hope to strive for. Here is why:
We are too available and not connected enough- The modern life has placed precedent and priority on being available. Whether it is through email, social media, phone or text we have bought into the notion that we are and should be only digital millisecond away at all times. This precedent has led to both a higher frequency and more shallow depth of connection. Connection should never be about availability or frequency rather quality and content of interaction.
We have bought into the American lie that we are what we make- When we live by the gospel of the Gods of production and capitalism we will strive to present our best and most complete sacrifices on their altars. These gods, like the ancient gods of Egypt, require us to toil and produce in order to offer a pleasing sacrifice worthy or their honor. While our worship is not quiet that clean cut it often plays out the same. We work and work and work to prove that we are worthy. Worthy of a bigger house, nicer car, longer vacation (which we rarely take) better school for the kids etc. We sacrifice for the best believing it will make us the best.
We have passed down this generational burden- We teach our young through example and mantra that work is more valuable than rest, busyness more honorable than pace and to always value more over enough. We wear overloaded schedules like badges of honor and extol praise on those who seem to be able to add just one more commitment to a life already bursting at the seams with overcommitment. Our young innovate and invent ways to make us proud, carrying our stress burdens, becoming more efficient and organized to show us they too are worthy enough to run in the great rat race.
We are addicted to doing- When we are not busy we find ways to busy ourselves. Free moments in the grocery line, the doctors office or at a traffic light are great times to catch up on emails, read texts, check the weather or update our status. Any last moments unclaimed are quickly accounted for through another act of doing instead of simply being. When we try to sit, be still, breathe and not "do" we get itchy, uneasy, fidgety and needing just a little hit of accomplishment or distraction. Not doing becomes almost impossible to do.
Simply put, we have no clue how to just be. To be alone, to be silent, to be still, to be content. Being is one of the most difficult things we never do.
Three Mantras of Being
I have nothing to prove.
I have all that I need.
I am enough.
Three Tips for Sabbath
Schedule Sabbath like a meeting
Take distraction away, shut down and shut out devices of availability
Force yourself, at all costs, into and through boredom