Rokelle Lerner: I want to enjoy my work and feel I am making a contribution, I do not want to become addicted to my job and use work as a means of protecting myself from my feelings. It is important to me to be able to derive enjoyment from non-working activities. I need to be able to separate myself from my job so that I can develop and maintain relationships with family and friends..…In all parts of life I am searching for balance. If I am defined only by what I do at work, I need to take an inventory of my emotional, physical and spiritual life. Changing my work habits may require compromises and a new philosophy of life. …I am creating a future of inner joy and balance.
Kelli: As so many of us begin a new work week this morning, we face it with a variety of emotions. Some Mondays, I drag myself to the computer or to a meeting. On other days, I am ‘raring to go’. What makes the difference? For me it is a simple paradigm shift. Am I resting from work or working from rest? If I have truly rested in time away from my job and its responsibilities, then I am refreshed and renewed, eager to take up the joys and challenges of my vocational work. But, if I drag myself to the end of the workday or work week, looking to simply rest from working (and still letting my mind dwell on all the details of working), I miss an opportunity to practice Sabbath. When I work form rest, I am energetic, creative and balanced. When I rest from work, I am doing nothing more than sitting still for a little while but not really resting at all. In our 365/24/7 life, we have to be intentional about unplugging, disconnecting, discovering and doing what brings us joy. Otherwise, our Monday Morning Mindset will remain one of resentment and drudgery.
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way Every Day – When we are willing to be open-minded, art and beauty come flooding into us in a thousand small ways. When we let ourselves see the possibilities instead of the improbabilities, we become as flexible and resilient as we really are. It is human nature to create. When we cooperate with our creativity, using it to live within the lives we actually have, we surprise ourselves with our level of invention.
Thomas Merton – Another of the beautiful cool days we have been having all year. We did not work this afternoon. Plenty of time to pray. Recollected, I am myself for awhile, and I consider the weekdays when I am so full of business and when I am not myself or my own. Why must I make my head so full of things?…I am tired of being my own Providence, of wanting and seeking things for myself, of making decisions for myself, and yet, quite apart from my own will, I am in this complex of things that seem to stand between me and God. All I want, Jesus, is more and more to abandon everything to You. The more I go on, the more I realize I don’t know where I am going. Lead me and take complete control of me. “Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God.” (Psalm 142). June 24, 1947, Journal II, 86-87
Thomas Keating, The Human Condition: Once a regular practice of Centering Prayer has been established, we move normally in each period of prayer toward a place of rest where our faculties are relatively calm and quiet. Thoughts are coming downstream, but as we learn to disregard them, we begin to enjoy a sense of the divine presence. Beyond our thinking and emotional experience is the deeper reality of the spiritual level of our being. It is another way of knowi9ng reality that is unlike ordinary psychological awareness. As a result, not only is the mind quiet and at rest from the ordinary concerns of daily life, but the body also begins to rest, a rest that is deeper than sleep. (33-34)
Kelli: This is the rest from which we can work creatively, thoughtfully, energetically.
Joan Chittister, The Rule of Benedict: Remembering to trust in God can carry us for a lifetime. (126)