For the last 4 weeks, I have been taking a class in SF at the Jewish Learning Institute. I have been weighing the possibility of pursuing graduate school. When a friend of mine shared on Facebook that her husband would be teaching a short 6-week course on Medical Dilemmas, I thought it would be a perfect way to dip my toes back into my scientific mind.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, we just may not know the reason in that moment. When we open ourselves to the possibilities in life rather than trying to control every aspect, there is a path that unfolds for us. Our lives have been in a state of change over the past few years, especially in the past few months. We have really opened ourselves to all the possibilities and wouldn’t you know it that instead of just one possibility, now there are many.
So back to this class, I missed the last two weeks and last night was extremely late, but I decided that going was better than not going at all. I was in luck and had a private class as with the rains yesterday in the Bay Area, everyone else in the class bailed.
For the last few years, I have been struggling with feeling well off and on. There several theories as to the cause, but the one that resonates the most for me is that for a long time I over exerted myself and finally my body told me to stop. Although I do not consider myself to be a practicing Jew, recently I have felt the desire to light the candles on Friday night for Shabbat. I really did not understand this craving until I spoke with the instructor last night.
He shared that the Sabbath occurs every week as a day of rest as it is important to give yourself and your body a day of rest every day rather than waiting until you feel like you need the day of rest. It was an AHA moment for me. So often, we push and push and push some more without pausing to allow ourselves to rejuvenate.
I consider myself to be someone who appreciates faith. There are aspects of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and even yoga that bring me peace to trust this path.
How do you find your faith? Do you take a day of rest every week?