Interesting idea. The Sabbath Manifesto is ten simple steps to fulfill one simple, ancient idea: on the seventh day, rest. The specific steps are behind the above link. And here’s more on the whys and whos behind the movement.
The Sabbath Manifesto is by and for Jews, but there’s nothing in it that would preclude us non-Jews from adopting or adapting it.
I think it’s a great idea. A year or two ago, I even set about to “do” a broader concept of Sabbath — rest and renew every seventh day, every seventh week, and every seventh month. I knew I could never manage every seventh year. But as it turned out, even single days eluded me because of my own inattention — and, I’m sure, because I never did outline specific action principles to follow as they do in The Sabbath Manifesto.
But we need periodic renewal (not just physical rest, but a break that gives perspective).
Tonight at sundown I’m going to shut off the computer and make sure that for the next 24 hours I don’t just engage in ‘Net surfing or DVD watching out of habit or boredom. And I’ll otherwise try to focus on honoring the moment. Don’t know whether I’ll rest (the insides of the kitchen cabinets call out, “Paint me, paint me!”), but I’ll break patterns and spend more time on being where I am rather than being (as writers tend to be) in the imaginary world in my head.
So … If you think The Sabbath Manifesto is a good idea, what 10 points would your particular version of it contain?
Somehow, I’m expecting to hear a lot of things like “spend time at the shooting range” or “clean your guns.” But seriously, what would make a Sabbath a restful and renewing experience for you? If it’s plinking, so be it. OTOH, I’m thinking that the writers of the original manifesto are pretty close. Well, except for the “eat bread” part.