After learning about it this morning, I’ve looked into the Sabbath Manifesto. There are 10 ideas, based on the Jewish celebration of the holiday:
That would be hard. I guess for me this means not farting around online? I did spend a lot of time on facebook, reading blogs, etc… last Sunday. Technology isn’t bad – but if I have the option to read a book, I should read a book. There is no need to spend the majority of my days off glues to a computer monitor.
Connect with loved ones
I call my parents every Sunday. It’s our thing. I love it.
Nurture your health
Yoga class. Yeah!
I could ride my bike!
No shopping. You got it. Well, wait. What if I bike to a farmer’s market? It’s not the same type of commerce as, say, Walmart.
No problem. Any excuse to light candles.
Um, this is supposed to be hard?
How’s about I make bread? Wouldn’t that be awesome? I know a lot of people don’t cook on the Sabbath, but for me making bread would be a way to relax, renew, and slow down.
I’ve been wanting to give away one thing every month this next year. Then I heard about Give5. If I took the time to get rid of one thing that I no longer needed, even if I put it in a pile of ‘to be donated,’ wouldn’t that be great?
All in all, I love this. I’m interested in finding the Sabbath in my life. I might even participate in the National Day of Unplugging March 20th this next year.