“Anybody can observe the Sabbath,
but making it holy surely
takes the rest of the week.”
Hopefully, you woke up this morning feeling refreshed and excited about how life will unfold. Of course, many of us will take time today to observe the Sabbath. Some of us will do this in a formal way and others of us will do it in a more personal way. In any case, I would like to invite you to take a moment to review the quote at the beginning of this post and think about how it might apply to your life. As for me, I believe that Alice Walker, in this instance, is strongly urging us to expand our spiritual practices beyond the narrow space and time couched between Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.
Before I move on, let me stress that it is not my desire to come off as pious. If that is your impression, please know that it was not my intention. A quick glance at my previous posts should assure you that I am not the preachy type. But with that said, I feel inclined to share my personal experience with you.
For the past few years, I have been shifting away from self-reliance while shifting toward ‘Creator reliance.’ To be truthful, I am really just shifting back to what I was taught as a child. Why you ask? Because time and experience has taught me that if I want to live a fulfilled life I have to engage in spiritual practices that bring me into alignment with God on a daily basis. For me, things seem to flow so much more smoothly when I maintain this alignment. By contrast, when I am out of alignment, I find myself lacking sufficient sustenance. Frankly, it just doesn’t work for me to shove my spiritual life into a folder labeled “Sabbath” to be opened only on Sundays. Suffice it to say, I have to open that folder everyday!
Now if you are curious about how this all looks in my life, no worries, here is a list of things that I strive to do in order to keep the Sabbath and stay spiritually connected with God on a daily basis:
Keep an open heart
Pray and meditate
Give and receive love
Practice generosity of spirit
Practice forgiveness of myself and others
Explore and maintain reverence for nature and the animal kingdom
Frankly, anyone who is willing can work toward meeting these objectives –seven days a week. Of course, I will be the first to admit that I don’t always hit the mark, but when I do, my life is really good!
What can you do to expand your spiritual practices beyond the Sabbath? How do you stay aligned with God?