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Books

Here are some excellent books on the topic:

Books by
Wayne Muller

"Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest"
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"Learning to Pray: How to Find Heaven on Earth"
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Books by
Rabbi David Cooper


"God Is A Verb"
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"Entering the Sacred Mountain:
Exploring the Mystical Practices of Judaism, Buddhism, and Sufism"

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Books by
Lorin Roche


"Meditation Made Easy"
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"Meditation Secrets for Women"
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Books by
Lama Surya Das

"Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch"
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&
"Awakening the Buddah Within"
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Books by
Mark Epstein, M.D.

"Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart"
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Books by
Suzanne Falter Barns

"How Much Joy Can You Stand?"
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Books by
Robert Gass

"Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound"
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"We live in a world where overwork is seen as a professional virtue.... where speed and accomplishment, consumption and productivity have become the most valued human commodities. In the trance of overwork, we take everything for granted. We consume things, people and information. We do not have time to savor this life, nor to care deeply and gently for ourselves, our loved ones, or our world."

Wayne Muller "Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest."

Dear Straight from the Hearter,

"I am so busy!" seems to be a universal refrain these days. We all certainly know what it feels like to be caught up in the relentless busyness of daily life.

Many of us get seduced into frantic over- activity by the promise of more.... more money, recognition, influence, power, possessions, security. It feels like the things we must do always supercedes the things we want to do! So we find ourselves continually delaying the rest and nourishment we need to recharge our lives, by putting it off for some unknown time in the future. We keep thinking.... when the kids go to the babysitter, when I finish this assignment, when the housework is done, when the bills are paid, when everything is ok...then! But have you noticed, the work is never done and that inner driver rarely shuts up and says 'ok stop now...you have done enough.' Usually it takes an illness or dramatic life change to finally get us to unhook from the treadmill of our lives and finally slow down. Do you want to wait that long?

So the next question is....Are you spending as much time as you would like to nurture your soul?

Most spiritual traditions have the commandment: Remember the Sabbath. There is a good reason for this.. Without rest, we cannot sustain the energy needed to have life. It's a reminder to take some time and find your way back to your center. To reconnect with who you are, how you see things, and what your priorities are in life.

Imagine for a moment that someone who cares about you has sent you a gift certificate for a day that is to be devoted entirely to the needs of your soul. 

A day to be really alive, you can play, take a slow walk to nowhere, talk to friends and family, eat, touch, smell, meditate, pray, bless, nap, read, dance, sing, be silent, pamper your body, make love, rest your mind, free your spirit and REMEBER WHO YOU ARE. It's a day to look at the blessings in your life, open your heart and find peace with where you are right now. 

This kind of rest, restores your soul. According to Wayne Muller, "One of the astonishing attributes of Sabbath time is its unflinching uselessness. Nothing will get done, not a single item will be checked off any list. Nothing of significance will be accomplished, no goal realized. It is thoroughly without measurable value.......Just as the unborn child in the womb of its mother silently receives an endless supply of nourishment, warmth, and protection, so, during Sabbath time, does the sweet womb of sacred rest enfold us, nourish us, heal and restore us."

Don't have a full day each week? 
Sabbath can refer to a single day, an afternoon, a peaceful hour or even a precious moment. It is much more than the absence of work; it is the presence of something that arises when we consecrate a period of time to listen to what is most deeply beautiful, nourishing, and true within ourselves. When we show up in the moment and are fully present to experience it.

Does this mean that the Sabbath is spiritually superior to working? 
Not at all. The practice is to find a balance point at which having rested, we do our work with greater ease and joy and bring healing and delight to our endeavors. 

Making the transition from the peaceful Sabbath into the stressful work week is not an easy thing to do. But there are things you can do to invite a Sabbath pause:

Choose one common act--touching a doorknob, turning on a faucet, answering the door, hearing the telephone. Throughout the day, when this occurs, simply stop, take three mindful breaths, and then go on. 

Have a Sabbath cup of tea or coffee and give thanks. 

Take a walk breathe in the air, notice the sounds, sights and textures all around you.
Practice loving compassion, while standing in line, silently bless everyone you see.
Practice gratitude and giving thanks before each meal. 
Read something inspirational before you begin your day and as you end it.
Take some time, even 15 minutes to fully be present and with your mate and your children. 
Do something that feels good to your body each day.
Call someone you love.


Basically anything done mindfully and with thanksgiving can become a Sabbath. My wish for you is that you find a way to incorporate many Sabbath's big and small into your life and that they lead you to the deep desires of your heart and soul.

Sheri

P.S. Here's a quick exercise from Rabbi David A. Cooper. 

Take a sheet of paper and make a list of activities that nurture your soul. (i.e. taking long walks in nature, listening to beautiful music, drawing, eating a peach, talking with friends, etc.)

Once you've made the list calculate the amount of time you spend each week doing these activities. Do you spend 10 minutes a week nurturing your soul, an hour, a day? Now here's another question: Are you spending as much time as you would like doing these activities? What changes would you like to make?

Take note how many of the things on your list are happening in the moment. You will most likely discover that virtually everything on your list is an experience of the fullness of the moment, whether it be in relationship, in nature, or involved in some activity that releases us, purifies us, or opens up to the beauty of now. This is what Sabbath is all about.

Straight from the Heart Shows 
With Related Topics:


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A Day of Rest Wayne Muller
On The Path to Enlightenment  Rabbi David Cooper
The Art of Happiness Jean Marie Hamel, Ph.D.
Taking Charge of Your Life Cheryl Richardson
Practical Buddhism Lama Surya Das
Chanting  Robert Gass
Meditation Made Real Easy  Lorin Roche, Ph.D.
Embracing Emptiness Mark Epstein, M.D. 
Rituals to Feed Your Soul Barbara Biziou
A Home for the Soul Anthony Lawlor
Living in the Now Richard Moss, M.D.
Creating Joy Suzanne Falter-Barns
Comfort for Your Mind, Body & Soul Patricia Alexander & Michael Burgos

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