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Sabbath Moments

Sabbath Keeping

Recently in our final days of onsite training for Urban Zen at Wexner Heritage Village, the Rabbi Cary Kozberg joined us to deliver a most inspiring maybe even, life changing speech.  He commented that Urban Zen offers people “Sabbath moments” in their daily busy, stressful lives.  He spoke about the Sabbath as a time to “just be”.  I then received a book recommendation from a dear friend and co-worker; ‘Sabbath Keeping’ by Lynne Baab.  She too mentions “Sabbath moments” but encourages us to take an entire 24 hour period to really receive the benefits of the Sabbath.  I did not grow up in a religious family.  I sometimes attended church with friends’ families.  My family and I currently do not attend church however, I do believe in God and would like to encourage my children to have a reverence for God and his creations.  After listening to the Rabbi and reading ‘Sabbath Keeping’, I’m setting an intention to have a day where my family and I unplug, take a walk together and, enjoy a meal together.  We may create certain rituals around this Sabbath day as well to remind us of our relationship to God and this world and, to remind us of the gifts that we receive.

How do you and your family celebrate and enjoy the Sabbath?

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.”
Mark Buchanan

 

Viparita Karani

Last week I came down with a cold and was not sleeping well.  I fortunately still had energy to go about my days however, every day I was sure to tune into what my body was calling for and Viparita Karani was it.  This pose can be modified with legs over a chair especially if you are new to yoga or on blood pressure medicine.  You never want to do this pose if you have detached retina.

This pose restores my energy and, supported by a bolster under the hips, becomes a restorative backbend.  Viparita Karani helps boost your immune system by reversing the flow of lymph, which is why this pose is so good when you are feeling under the weather.  Also, the pressure on the back of the head calms the nervous system.   It is recommended that you only stay for 10-20 minutes.

Our bodies have a wisdom to share if we tune in and listen we will know how to best support our health.