We are always at a moment of choice. Whether we choose to pay attention or we choose to be kind or we choose to be petty or we choose to be mean, we’re always choosing. It may not feel that way, but if we’re aware of our emotions, able to observe them, and not be at their mercy, then we recognize we’re always at a moment of choice.
That’s incredibly powerful! Most people we’re walking around with don’t understand that choice is their superpower. They don’t understand they can choose their actions and how they express themselves no matter what emotion is moving through them.
When we embrace that choice is our superpower very little can ruffle us. We simply know that no matter what is happening around us, no matter who is in our face, no matter what feelings are coursing through us, we’re in control. That’s a great way to go through life!
So, the next time you find yourself really angry or upset, remember that you get to choose how you react to that emotion roiling inside you. You have a superpower! And it’s that you are always at a moment of choice!
Do you keep a Sabbath (from shavat, “cease” or “desist”) day? Depending on your belief system among the Abrahamic religions this could be on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. But no matter the day of the week, it’s a day to rest and be with the Divine.
I was first challenged to create and keep a Sabbath (I personally love the Yiddish word Shabbos) day for myself by a Center for Spiritual Living minister many years ago. Rev Dr CC Coltrain recognized that my Sundays at our Center were becoming days of doing - running the childrens’ program, Practitioner duties, ministerial intern duties - and not a time of being. I wasn’t spending time with the Divine. I was spending time with schedules and curriculum and other people’s problems. So, she encouraged me to create and keep my own Sabbath day.
The Sabbath is a day to unplug from the world and plug into God. We’re never separated from God, of course, but the busyness of our lives can make it hard to connect with that sacred center we each carry with us. Sabbath day is a chance to do that.
What I love most about creating my own Sabbath is that it is never the same. It can be, of course, but since I design it each time Spirit really guides me. My Sabbath days tend to be very seasonal. Long hikes in the fall, spiritual readings by the fireplace in the winter, gardening in the spring and summer. And no technology! It takes planning, but my phone is turned off for my once a month Sabbath day. What a relief!
A Sabbath day is reenergizing. I’m more in tune with the Divine within and with the Divine that surrounds me as well. We get so ground down and exhausted by life we begin to miss the wonderful little ways in which God shows itself to us. A baby’s laugh, a rainbow, a dog at the park with the zoomies. We can miss those things if we don’t take the time to reconnect with Spirit.
So I encourage you too to pick a day, and make it your Sabbath day. Plan for it. Let God lead you in what you will do that day. Put away all your technology and plug back into your Divine center. We all need time to be with our truest and highest selves. Choose your Sabbath and keep it. You’ll be glad you did.