May 21

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, one day per week is to be set aside as a day of rest. The guiding principle is to take a complete break from labor one day out of seven. The Shabbat (or Sabbath) is not to be violated.

While many will nod their head to the principle of Shabbat, a com- plete day of rest feels impractical in today’s busy world. After all, a day without email, or without progress on that big project, or without prep for the week ahead and everything will fall apart, right?

No, I don’t believe so. In fact, throughout the centuries, many schol- ars have agreed that a core meaning behind Shabbat is to prove that you are not the center of the universe. The world goes on just fine without you. A regular rhythm of rest provides you not only with replenished energy but a fresh reminder that the world is not dependent on your existence. As Abraham Heschel wrote, “The Sabbath is the day on which we learn the art of surpassing civilization.”

I understand that it’s difficult in today’s frantic world, but strive to plan one day a week in which you rest and do no work. You will discover wonder and replenishment in the midst of your pause.

One day of complete rest per week can refuel your creative energy.


When should you plan your Shabbat? How will you unwind?

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