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Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives
Paperback Book
September, 2000
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Banyen's Description: 

Here, from the author of How, Then, Shall We Live?, is a precious remedy for that “I’m too busy” attitude that pervades our lives. Thomas Merton, toward the end of his life, warned of “a pervasive form of contemporary violence” that is unique to our times: overwork and overactivity. Sabbath guides us to safety from this “war on our spirits,” showing us how to create an oasis of rest, delight, and renewal in the midst of our lives.

Immersing us in the sacred tradition of the Shabbat—the day of rest—a tradition, Muller says, that is all but forgotten in an age where consumption, speed, and productivity have become the most valued human commodities, Sabbath invites us to drink from this “fountain of rest and delight.” The author offers practices and exercises that reflect the Sabbath as recognized in Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. Through this way of nourishment and repose, he teaches, we can welcome insights and blessings that arise only with stillness and time. He also shows how the gifts of Sabbath can be available to anyone—even without setting aside a whole day a week.

These are the useless things that grow in time: To walk without purpose, to no place in particular, where we are astonished by the textured bark of an oak. To notice the color red showing itself for the first time in the maple in fall. To see animals in the shapes of clouds, to walk in clover. To fall into an unexpected conversation with a stranger, and find something delicious and unbidden take shape. To taste the orange we eat, the juice on the chin, the pulp between teeth. To take a deep sigh, an exhale, followed by a listening silence. To allow a recollection of a moment with a loved one, a feeling of how our life has evolved. To give thanks for a single step upon the earth. To give thanks for any blessing, previously unnoticed; the gentle brush of a hand on a lover’s body, the sweet surrender of sleep in the afternoon.

Sabbath is rich with meditations, poems, blessings, exercises, and real-life stories which will kindle your “sabbath-creation.”

Publisher’s Description: 

In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.

Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, Wayne Muller, 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.

We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. 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.An ordained minister, therapist and founder of Bread for the Journey, an innovative organization serving families in need, Muller is also the best-selling author of Legacy of the Heart and How, Then, Shall We Live? In this series of luminous essays, filled with stories, poems and easy exercises, he shows us how to renew body, mind and spirit and regain our birthright of happiness by reclaiming the gift of the Sabbath.

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