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“Our willingness to rest depends on what we believe we will find there. At rest, we come face-to-face with the essence of life.”
This quote comes from Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by the wise Wayne Muller. This book was pivotal in my life. It renewed my commitment and connection to quiet, to play, to ritual, to spaciousness, to my spirit, and to myself.
And while Muller is a best-selling author, it always surprises me how few people know of this text or the many others he has written. Had you heard of him? Have you read this book? I hope my little shout-out love letter here will bring many of you who hadn’t to know his powerful work.
Here’s one of my favorite passages from Sabbath:
“What if our life is simply a time when we are blessed with both sadness and joy, health and disease, courage and fear — and all the while we work, pray, and love, knowing that the promised land we seek is already present in the very gift of life itself, the inestimable privilege of a human birth? What if this single human life is itself the jewel in the lotus, the treasure hidden in the field, the pearl of great price? What if all the way to heaven is heaven?”
Nearly every page of my copy of Sabbath is covered in aged yellow highlighter and inked underscores of the places that moved me. If you’re life is calling out for reconnection and your world is too noisy for you to hear yourself or whatever divine source you relate to, I hope you’ll make time for quiet rest and for Muller’s writings.
More musings on keeping sabbath to come….