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A Sabbath of the Soul


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While considering what was “perfect” about the summers of my childhood, I recalled a consistent theme.  The summers I deemed to be perfect were timeless. There were no schedules to keep, no piles of homework, no vocabulary lists, no math, no science projects, and very few places to be.

As adults, living in a time-bound world, schedules keep us on task, tasks demand lists, and there are many places to go and be. But I wonder if, in the midst of all of this activity, we might recreate that sense of timelessness we once enjoyed as children? I think we can.

Recreating the timelessness of childhood requires just three things, a willingness to stop for just a moment and breathe, remembering that time is an illusion governed by the planet we inhabit, and letting go of all our thoughts, concerns, and lists for just a little while – even a single moment.

In this way, we command time to stand still. We shift from thinking and doing to being, and we open ourselves to the timelessness of Spirit. We remember what Moses called the Sabbath, a time of rest that, according to Jesus, was made for you and me.

Take a moment today, maybe even right now to “Remember the Sabbath” that lives right there inside of you. Take a momentary Sabbath of the Soul.

© 2019. Eileen DeRosia Patra, OUM, LUT, CSE

Eileen Patra is an ordained Unity minister and the author of the soon to be released book, The Mystical Ark: A Vessel of Blessings

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A Miracle A Day, Day 51

summer.dreamstimefree_208832SEASONS are a miraculous result of the constant movement of the earth.  In the coldest, sloppiest days of winter I look forward to the warmth of summer.  I even wonder what it might be like to live in a climate that doesn’t change as frequently as mine.  And yet, the passing of seasons provides a rich experience of variety and rebirth.  It reminds me that life is continually changing and unfolding. It reminds me that whatever SEASON may be occurring in my life, another is now unfolding. The wise and poetic author of the book Ecclesiastes, proclaims “ To every thing there is a SEASON, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  SEASONS change and it is a miracle that reminds us of the constant ebb and flow of life, that each experience has its time and yet another is always moving toward us.  When it seems as though a SEASON of harsh and challenging conditions will never end, spring and summer are just around the corner.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.  To view the entire Miracle A Day series, visit her Facebook page