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My New Fabulous Fascinating Sabbath Day Experience: Part 2


Sabbath day daffodilsDear Nicholas, I’ve now observed a Sabbath day twice  since my recent resolve, which was inspired by taking part in a  Jewish Shabbat dinner. I’m so happy and surprised by the outcome.

The second Sunday was when I felt a startling effect: timelessness.

All The Time In The World

Or more accurately, for sixteen hours I felt as if I had all the time in the world. I don’t remember feeling that since I was a kid.

I remember the moment that I realized that the great of expanse of time had vanished. I was in college in a movie theater. The scene on the screen had a clock in the background.

Squinting At The Clock

I found myself squinting at that clock to see what time it was. That was when I knew I had acquired a background feeling of hurry and needing to get things done.

My new Sabbath observance is simply to do no work and be sure to meditate all day on Sundays. I’m free to play and go places, no restrictions on driving, etc.

What I did almost all of this past Sunday was read and play in my yard.

Sabbath day quince periwinkle A Wealth of Time

What some call “yard work” is my hobby, so it doesn’t count as work and is an ideal way to spend a day of rest and appreciation.The feeling of having a wealth of time truly felt like wealth. I had no idea it could be achieved so easily– or achieved at all in busy adult life.

I also notice that in the week and a half since I began this new Sabbath day practice, I have felt unusually good, suffused with well-being, in fact.

Now, it’s possible that switching from capsule to liquid Vitamin B-12 (supposedly more energy-producing) has played a part in this or the fact that I’ve been taking a multi-week break from wrestling with my novel-in-progress. I don’t think either of those is the main thing.


I think it’s this door opening to the feeling of infinite time.


I’ve posted a few pictures here of this morning’s blooms and the path into the woods at the bottom of my garden.

A Garden Door

The “bottom of the garden” is always the place for fairy sightings in English stories. At my house, those sprites often enter in the form of hungry deer. But perhaps some of the winged  kind float in too.

Sabbath day garden pathI’m happy to be in this somewhat float-y, relatively fearless, profoundly optimistic mood myself.

Expansively yours,


Sabbath garden hellebore






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  • Kenju
    February 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm Reply

    I read recently that profound optimism contributes to s long life!!

    • Peggy Payne
      February 27, 2018 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Good! Glad to hear it, Kenju. May we both think positively.

  • Roy Skinner
    February 28, 2018 at 4:27 am Reply

    Your garden is beautiful. May you enjoy much peace in it on your sabbath.

    • Peggy Payne
      February 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply

      Thank you, Roy! You are kind!

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:46 am Reply

    Your pictures are always strongly enhancing of your themes – We don’t have to ask “How does your garden grow?” – your photos really do conjure an ethereal vision, far more and better than my ordinarily great pleasures in your plant-self.

    • Peggy Payne
      March 1, 2018 at 4:48 am Reply

      Glad you like ’em, Bob. I like the idea of having/being a plant-self.

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