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. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to, or watching during my Sabbath.
Tomorrow will be a much-needed news and social media break for both my wife Kim and me, as on Tuesday, we said goodbye to Seamus, our cat of the last 15 years. Without going into all the details, suffice to say that it was his time and it was good that we both were there with him for his last breath.
And with her being off this weekend, my wife is joining me tomorrow for my Sabbath. Tonight we’re watching No Time to Die, the last James Bond with Daniel Craig. In the morning, we plan on having a breakfast with Belgian waffles with blueberry compote and sausage (vegan) and we’ll listen to a few podcasts together. In the afternoon, we’ll meditate, journal, read, and listen to music.
I found a playlist from the NPR podcast Life Kit called “A Mental Health Reset” that we might dip into:
As for reading, my wife said she is continuing a reread of one of our favorite books, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, because that’s understandably all she can focus on and that she might look through some cookbooks for meal and recipe ideas.
Me? I’m still reading The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus, a new interpretation by Sharon Lebell, which I selected as my first book of the year. I also have been reading Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross.
Later in the day, while my wife sleeps as she goes to work for a midnight shift Sunday night/Monday morning, I plan on watching The French Dispatch. We started watching it, and while I was enjoying it, she wasn’t. I’ll let you know what I thought of the whole thing next week.
So, that’s what (my wife and) I have planned for tomorrow for My Own Personal Sabbath. What do you have planned for tomorrow? Reading, watching TV, listening to music, spending time with family? Let me know in the comments.