Food for our Minds and Spirits: Sabbath as Center

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Sabbath lately, especially since revisiting the study by Abraham Joshua Heschel based on a recent podcast episode. We talk about “sacred spaces” sometimes as a thing that gets created through intention and purpose of people. But maybe “sacred time” is something we don’t think as much about. In its role in Judaism and Christianity, as well as the spirit of it that shows up in festal seasons throughout global faiths, the whole idea is to create what Heschel called “a cathedral in time.” Not a place, but a “when.” If we are to find our center, we need a space in time to do it. Sabbath is a way of rooting ourselves.

The Sabbath can be a resource for us to find our centers. Especially as our attentions are increasingly pulled by all kinds of forces, making time that is set apart to play, to study, to meditate, or just to exist is part of being authentically ourselves. Heschel’s book is well worth reading. The podcast episode by Ezra Klein is worth a listen. But most of all, cultivating a Sabbath is important spiritual work.

Sometimes it is hard to tap into our spiritual selves or find time to nurture our creativity and intellectual curiosity. Here is a section that reflects on some nourishing materials from around the web and related media channels in order to get us thinking, get us feeling, and get us reflecting on the lives we are living in this big world. **Some Adult/Mature Themes May Appear in Links and Other Attached Material**


Allan T. Georgia, MDiv, MTS, PhD