Another aspect of having a national day commemorating the Sabbath is that when the wheels of one’s community stop turning, it is easier for one to rest. I sense this now with many of us working from home and the change of pace with social distancing. There is the stress of all being on top of each other, but there is not the stress of having to rush to work, or endure a long commute, etc, and there is more room in our schedules to spend quality time as a family.
All of this is a reminder that family is more core to my existence than work is—even though work thoughts generally take up way more space in my brain! So I am taking this stepping back opportunity to cultivate practices that will help me maintain this healthier, happier perspective. Examples include meditating daily and keeping a gratitude journal.