My Own Personal Sabbath #8

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone on Sundays or Saturday and Sunday. In the interest of full disclosure, I do use my phone to listen to music and podcasts, and check out e-books from the library. Before, during, or after my Sabbath, I share what I am reading, listening to, or watching for that day or days.

Two weeks was the week of little things, one after another, many unexpected, that led into last weekend’s sabbath. This past week, it was, without going into details and being admittedly cryptic, one big thing (don’t worry, my wife and I and our families are all okay) that led into this weekend’s Sabbath, which already is in progress.

I’m writing this Saturday morning. It’s about 10 a.m. I’m listening to the soundtrack for the movie Drive My Car by Eiko Ishibashi. My wife is also off from work this weekend and she is in the next room, journaling and listening to the music with me. Her birthday was this past week and we had a pre-birthday celebration earlier in the week. Last night, we had a post-birthday celebration with dinner and a movie, popcorn and wine. The celebration will continue throughout this weekend and the month.

Besides journaling and meditation this weekend, I also plan on continuing to read the devotional books I chose for Lent last month, and reading and listening to Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through The Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh and narrated by Dan Woren. I only have about an hour left in the book and probably will finish it this weekend. As usual, I set up a playlist of podcasts set up that includes the 100th episode of Niall Breslin’s podcast, Where Is My Mind?:

On the fiction front, I have several books from which to choose, but I’m not sure yet what I’ll read, if anything this weekend. Among my choices are books by Elmore Leonard and Tim Dorsey.

Tonight we’ll probably watch some fun TV, with a bevvy of choices, including Tacoma FD, The Righteous Gemstones, and a Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie. We’ll see what we are in the mood for tonight. Tomorrow, along with my reading, I’ll be chilling out in the 21st edition of The Chill Out Tent, which is celebrating its second birthday. I’ll leave you with a sample from a recent session:

8 thoughts on “My Own Personal Sabbath #8

  1. I love that you are sticking to your no digital sabbath; it must be restorative. I have just started watching the latest season of Call the Midwife, which I am loving.


  2. Happy belated to Kim! Sorry to hear about the too many little things and now a big thing. Life has a way of bringing these types of woes to us all at once, it seems. Hoping for a bit of ease for both of you soon.


  3. Love the month-long birthday celebration.

    I was bummed that I COULD NOT get into “Drive My Car” but I did stick with it long enough to be thrilled to hear Road to Nowhere (or whatever it’s called) by the Talking Heads since I had JUST FINISHED the drummer’s autobiography. I love when stuff like that happens.

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to the Chill-Out Tent. It’s been fun to check this out.

    I will also have to try your podcast list. Now that’s one thing I’ve never done. I wait until I return home, though, so that I can really enjoy it and not be distracted by other things while I’m here in Paris.


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