Sunday, February 8, 2015

Keeping Sabbath

When I was on pilgrimage in Ireland last year, one of the topics we discussed was 'keeping Sabbath.'  This practice can mean attending church, of course, but it can also mean a myriad of other soul-enriching activities that are a break from your normal routine. Taking a nap, reading something inspirational, walking contemplatively, and meditation all qualify, for example. Today I kept Sabbath by listening to On Being's Krista Tippett interview one of my very favorite poets, Mary Oliver. Ms. Oliver grants very few interviews, so this was a rare treat. During the course of the hour, she read several of her poems. I can't think of anything much more soul-enriching than hearing this poet read her work. She's created so many moving images with her words, but this quote is one of my favorites:

"Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
                  ~Mary Oliver

How will you keep Sabbath today?

1 comment:

  1. How uncanny! Yesterday I checked out a book of Mary Oliver's poems from the library. She is one of my favorite poets also. And since my Sabbath is just beginning here in South Carolina, I will now listen to this interview. Thank you for sharing it.