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Sabbath

Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives

Wayne Muller


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It has become our standard greeting: “I'm so busy.” Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, the author of the spiritual classic How, Then, Shall We Live? shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal - a refuge for our souls.

Our relentless emphasis on success and productivity has become a form of violence, Muller says. We have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between effort and rest, doing and not doing. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance, longing for time with friends and family, longing for a moment to ourselves.

Millenia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. This consecrated time, Muller affirms, is available to all of us, regardless of our spiritual tradition. We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a sabbath afternoon, a sabbath hour, a sabbath walk. Sabbath time is time off the wheel, time when we take our hand from the plow and allow the essential goodness of creation to nourish our souls.

With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness. In Sabbath, he has given us a revolutionary tool for cultivating those necessary human qualities that grow only with time: wisdom, courage, honesty, generosity, healing, and love.



Table of Contents

Remember the Sabbath
   A Note on the Exercises
p. 1
Rest
Rest for the Weary
   Lighting Sabbath Candles
p. 17
The Joy of Rest
   Creating Time and Space
p. 23
Legalism and the Dreary Sabbath
   A Sabbath Meal
p. 29
A New Beginning
   Begin Again
p. 35
It Is Good
   Blessing
p. 40
Fear of Rest
   Silence
p. 48
Dormancy
   The Sabbath Box
p. 57
Rhythm
The Rythm of Creation
   The Sabbath Walk
p. 65
Inner Music
   The Cadence of Breath
p. 71
Hurtling Toward the Eschaton
   Nature
p. 76
Let It Be
   Prayer
p. 82
The Book of Hours
   Lectio Divina
p. 88
Time
A Life Well Lived
   Play
p. 97
Seize the Day
   Altar
p. 103
Why Time Is Not Money
   Reciting Our Precepts
p. 108
A Deeper Wealth
   The Wealth of Companionship
p. 114
Happiness
The Pursuit of Happiness
   Gratefulness
p. 123
The Gospel of Consumption
   Happiness for Free
p. 129
Selling Unhappiness
   Morning Rituals
p. 134
The Tyranny of Choice
   Stopping to Rest
p. 140
Sensuality and Delight
   Take Off Your Shoes
p. 147
Wisdom
Doing Good Badly
   Patience
p. 157
Be Still and Know
   Sleeping on It
p. 165
Nobody Special
   Humility
p. 172
Being Sabbath
   Thinning
p. 179
Beginner's Mind
   Cleansing
p. 186
Consecration
Mindfulness and Holiness
   Confession
p. 195
The Way of Enough
   A Place at the Table
p. 200
Ownership
   Giveaway
p. 204
Breaking the Trancep. 209
A Sabbath Day
Eveningp. 217
Morningp. 222
Afternoonp. 226
Leaving Sabbath Timep. 230
Sensuality and Delight
   Take Off Your Shoes
p. 147
Sources and Permissions
Acknowledgments
p. 233
p. 237


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