Shalom is hebrew for hello, goodbye and peace. On Shabbat, the sabbath day, we (meaning jews) say Shabbat Shalom. Have a peaceful sabbath. For me, I have always struggled with the concept with Shabbat. That is until recently. I know life is all about finding balance and I am definitely working towards that. Something that I have been realizing more and more is how Shabbat can bring about a serenity that the rest of the week cannot. I find myself at one with myself, with G-d and with others on Shabbat for many reasons.
Here are a few that I have noticed recently when I do embrace Shabbat and stop doing homework for sometime. Whether its an hour, two or a full 25 hours without homework and without concern of school or the rest of the world, has done me good.
1. Disconnecting from the rest of the world, slowing down and taking time to reflect on the week.
2.Time to read, play and learn something other than school.
3.Sleep and rest.
4.Get outside and be active, enjoy the sunshine, ocean waves, the climb up the mountain and even walking around the block.
5.Enjoy a good meal whether its by myself, with friends and/or with family.
Either way Shabbat has a power that cannot be described, you just have to experience it. It seems to me as an opportune time to grow, slow down and embrace the moments. Stop and smell the roses. Not every shabbat is peaceful for me. However shabbat is peaceful when I allow it to be. When I allow myself to enjoy it, the people and the experience around me. I am a work in progress at enjoying Shabbat and finding the right balance. And I am perfectly ok with that.