The Sabbath is something that I have associated with Christianity. “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” Now I realize that repose, rest, reflection is not merely a Christian matter – it is a part of all cultures and faiths and even an integral part of the dance between will and surrender we find in yoga. I have gotten away from keeping it the last few years, however, as I began holding down four jobs, one of which is being the owner of Living Room Yoga. In fact, keeping the Sabbath has seemed impossible, given that it has been my only day for updating the website, marketing, etc. The outcome of not keeping the Sabbath, however, has been burnout, fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
Recently, my friend Heather, who has adopted the Jewish faith, reacquainted me with the practice of keeping the Sabbath. Heather’s bringing it to my attention was no accident. I feel that God sent her as a messenger to set me free – from myself!
It has been easy and such a relief – and yet hard too. I have had to tell associates who make business-related requests of me that I will get back to them on Monday. I did not participate in The St. Pete Yoga Festival because it was on my Sabbath. I have gotten behind on marketing, website updates etc. because I am not spending all day Sunday doing it. As a strong Pitta I am a “take control” kind of person. It is easy to forget that (a) I am really not in control anyway and (b) I can do my reasonable best and count of God to do the rest.
It takes strict discipline for me to protect my Sabbath and American culture does not really support it with its emphasis on 24/7 convenience. Fear of missing out, losing business, being stressed about being behind all draw me back toward working. Faith that God will support me, take care of me, take care of “the rest” as well as a deep knowing that I must keep it for my own health, wellbeing, and… well… sanity allow me to keep it holy and wholly keep it.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how [God’s] ways will really satisfy you.” Romans 12:2.
On this the Bible and yoga philosophy are right in sinc!