Embracing the Rhythms of Life

The Midwest is where I spent my childhood. When I was growing up, it was still common for businesses to close on Sundays. It was kind of a big deal when a big “chain store” like K-Mart would move in, partly because they would be open on Sundays. “Finally!” I’d say, “there will be something to do on Sundays!” My energy seemed boundless; I had no appreciation for a weekly day off.

Scott & Mollie

Scott & Mollie

In college, my Sundays were spent recovering from Saturdays & catching up on homework; when Scott & I got married, we had a habit of attending church in the morning & then socializing with our friends. But, at some point, things changed. By the time we had a few kiddos, it seemed like we could always use a little bit more income. So we would work. A LOT. Scott took on extra jobs, which had to be completed outside of the regular hours of his day job. I often took on catering & other odd jobs. If you are a parent, you know that raising kids is also full time. We were BUSY! We struggled to keep up, struggled with illnesses, with stress. It was not fun!

Sailing- a perfect restful activity

Sailing- a perfect restful activity

I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but we were re-introduced to the idea of the “Sabbath,” the day of rest God instituted with the 10 Commandments in the Bible. This day of rest has been an integral part of the Judeo-Christian tradition for a very long time, & has really only recently been largely ignored in western culture. Scott & I began to seriously look at the possibility that taking a weekly day of rest may be of great benefit to our family.

Going for a walk

Going for a walk

If you know Scott, you may think of him as quiet & steadfast. Once he makes up his mind, he really doesn’t waver (unless there’s good reason). We decided to try taking a weekly Sabbath, & we never looked back. We think it saved our marriage during very stressful times. It certainly helped in our relationships with our children, especially during the teen years. It’s been good for our physical & spiritual health, & we both feel more productive during the other 6 days. No matter how busy we get, we usually spend time together on Sundays. We take it slow, talk & play games, & we still go to church nearly every week, where we re-connect spiritually & see friends. Even our grown children are pretty much into keeping this practice going in their lives.

Coffee with friends

Coffee with friends

Over the years, Scott & I have not had a lot of extra cash for travelling & vacations. We take time off for holidays, & adjust our activities around the seasons. The 24 hours each day, 7 days in a week, the months & the seasons we have been given are enough for us to do everything we are supposed to be doing. When we are able to take a vacation, we enjoy it! But simply observing the natural rhythms of life keeps us pretty well-rested & content most of the time. I highly recommend it!

The family the plays together

The family the plays together

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4 Comments

  1. Like what you’re doing! You might be interested in my sister’s project: The Walkabout Woman. She’s an artist/media consultant in Portland, OR. I’m the one in our family with the interest in nutrition. A former public school teacher I’m looking into going back to school. How do you feel about your online IIN program? How do you envision nutritional coaching? I’d be interested to hear. Thanks.

    • Robin, it’s nice to hear from you–thanks for your comments. As to the IIN program, I can’t say enough about how awesome it is! The further I get in the program, the more I love it. The approach is holistic, so although food is certainly addressed in a big way, other areas are also a big part of the curriculum. We learn about every area that affects health: relationships, career choices, physical activity, spirituality, etc. I am so impressed at how insightful Joshua Rosenthal & the IIN staff are toward helping us navigate & teaching us to help others. Pretty much every dietary theory is taught at the school, because what really works for one client can actually harm another. The emphasis is on bio-individuality. If you are interested, I encourage you to check out the school’s website, integrativenutrition.com (I think!) There’s a number there you can call to speak with a counselor & get Joshua’s book for free. Mention me, if you like, as there is some benefit to referring a new student. And please let me know if you decide to attend. In any case, best wishes!

      • Thanks for the great information.

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