Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, wrote about the need to nurture our soul in big and little ways. He defines the soul as an experience rather than a thing. It is what allows us to experience life on a deep and profound level, to connect with God and to navigate the ups and downs of life.
In his writings is an underlying question that begs an answer…how do you care for your soul? Will Donnelly in a recent blog on this topic asked “how would you use your imagination to truly care for your soul”? For him the answer was to listen in silence because he had avoided silence for years. He knew that slowing down and listening in the quiet would bring up things he didn’t want to face. And it was in the facing of those things that brought his soul nurture and peace.
What is it that your imagination is nudging you to do in order to care for your soul?
I think that we often avoid taking Sabbath time because we have things in our lives we don’t want to deal with. In keeping busy we can avoid the discomfort. Or, we think that Sabbath time is unproductive time rather than time to recharge our energy centers and build our stamina back up to face the ups and downs of life.
For several weeks now I have been flat out crazy busy and my soul is suffering from lack of attention. One of the things that my imagination keeps conjuring up for me is a long, cozy day in my favorite chair with a cup of tea and lots of good reading material. The chair is there. The tea is in the cupboard and the reading material has been piling up for a while now. All that is missing is me.
This question has moved me to face the need my soul is nudging me toward.
I have just scheduled reading time on my calendar, in ink, for this afternoon. How about you?
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10.41-42