Live from Melbourne – Sabbath, wonderful Sabbath

No, I haven’t been to a Black Sabbath concert here (although Paranoid will always be one of my all-time favourite heavy-metal albums).

Instead, I have once again followed the advice given in the article ‘A New (Old) Way to Create Calm in Your World’ over at the great site Dumb Little Man – once a week, observe a Sabbath or day of rest in which you do as little as possible.

I first read that article several months ago. It fired my imagination, so I put the Sabbath into practice – and I was amazed by the results.

So, usually for each Saturday but sometimes for a Sunday (like today), I make sure that I have nothing important planned – and when the big day arrives, I do as little as possible, like the following:

  • sleep in
  • surf the net
  • play video games
  • eat simply throughout the day
  • take an afternoon nap
  • go out for dinner
  • maybe go to the cinema after dinner, or come home and watch DVDs
  • most importantly of all, don’t think about the rest of my life

By bedtime that night, I feel very calm and relaxed – so much so that I look forward to getting stuck into something from the next day, because Sabbath has allowed me to wind down and recharge.

As well, if the preceding week has been especially grueling – without or especially with black dogs, spinach or clouds, knowing that a day of rest is coming helps me stay calm and focus on the Now.

Although I’m currently on holiday here in Melbourne and enjoying AussieCon4, by last night the routine of the last few days had become a bit of a grind – getting up to an alarm, getting ready, heading off, spending a day at AussieCon4 and heading back. In fact, it had become a little like being back at work.

So, last night as my friend and I reviewed AussieCon4’s Sunday program, I thought about taking a day off. There were a few interesting panels and a documentary on today – but eventually, I decided that a day of rest was more important.

And as Sunday night approaches, I’m glad that I stayed here at the hotel and did very little indeed – I now feel great and also very keen to return to AussieCon4 tomorrow.

If you don’t already have a day of rest in your week, I strongly recommend reading the article I linked to above and giving the Sabbath a try – it has certainly changed my life for the better.

Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂

STOP PRESS
Just then, I discovered another reason why I enjoy staying here at The Victoria Hotel.

I was in the bathroom and idly glancing at the little sign that suggests how you can ‘Join us in conserving water and energy for the future’ – and then I discovered a very amusing typo:

“Also hang up the towels you wish to re-use and when you would like them changed, please leave them on the batroom floor.”

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na! 🙂

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About blackandblueman

Black and Blue Man lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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