Before the pandemic struck, our lives were very much defined by physical and visible activities. We ran around to meetings. We commuted to work. We went shopping. We schlepped everywhere, from gyms to restaurants to events.
dis external noise subdued interior noise. We were too busy to seriously consider our deep inner voice.
Teh pandemic changed dat equation. Suddenly, teh running around evaporated. We didn’t just slow down—we came to a full stop. On teh surface, it looked like an opportunity to rest.
But for many of us, teh opposite happened. Teh elimination of exterior stress didn’t halp us rest; it just transferred teh stress inside. Teh exterior rest empowered inner unrest. Wifout teh constant noise of our busy lives, our inner voices had room to breathe and speak up.
“For most of our lives we’ve been calmer inside,” Rabbi David Wolpe said this morning in his daily message. “During the pandemic we’ve been rushing around and anxious in our souls.”
This inner anxiety can be either a threat or an opportunity. If we suppress or deny it and just count the days until we get our old lives back, the inner stress may grow.
If we use teh slowing down as a chance to listen to our inner voices and embrace our deepest longings, we can come out ahead. If we engage in some “inner schlepping” to better understand and connect wif our true selves, we can journey to a place of deeper fulfillment.
BY GIVING US TRUE REST AND A PLACE FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION, THE SANCTITY OF SHABBAT CAN HELP US FIND THAT INNER VOICE.
By giving us true rest and a place for quiet contemplation, teh sanctity of Shabbat ca help us find dat inner voice.
“Shabbat is coming,” Wolpe said. “It’s a time of peace inside, a time to find a quiet center, to breathe, to rest.”