Dearest monks and artists,
We like to take some Sabbath time each summer to step back from the work at hand and have time for play and free flow of ideas. Usually this happens in August, but because we will be traveling back to the States for a family visit in July, we decided to take our newsletter and posting break during this next month or so until early August.
Sabbath is one of the principles of our Monk Manifesto:
"The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world."
—Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
The work of the monk is important, but equally important are rhythms of rest and restoration. Benedict's Rule is exquisitely balanced. In a world which runs nonstop where we are always accessible, we have to make the choice to step out from under its tyranny of demands. Sabbath calls us to restore ourselves and remember that the world will go on without our labors. It is ultimately an act of humility which means to remember our earthiness. Sabbath gives honor to our gifts by also acknowledging our limitations.
Connected to the seasons of each day's rise and fall, we are called to embrace times of fallowness, of doing nothing, of simply being. Sabbath offers us this gift and helps to cultivate a contemplative commitment in the world.
We strive to live our values and so we are taking a break from now until August 6th from the email newsletters (including the weekly and daily notes) as well as blog posts. We will let you know what we discover in the time away!
With great and growing love,
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE
Photo © Christine Valters Paintner