There comes a moment in our striving when more effort actually becomes counterproductive, when our frantic busyness only muddies the waters of our wisdom and understanding. When we become still and allow our life to rest, we feel a renewal of energy and gradual clarity of perception.
When we cease our daily labor, other things — love, friendship, prayer, touch, singing, rest — can be born in the space created by our rest. Walking with a friend, reciting a prayer, caring for children, sharing bread and wine with family and neighbors — those are intimate graces that need precious time and attention.
… begin simply by saying, “Today I am going to pamper my soul.”
~ excerpted from SABBATH, by Wayne Muller.