My New Fabulous Fascinating Sabbath Day Experience: Part 2
Dear 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.
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.
I’m happy to be in this somewhat float-y, relatively fearless, profoundly optimistic mood myself.
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