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Saturday
Jan012011

Episode 9 :: Sabbath, Solstice and Spirit

First World cultures tend to think that more is better.  [It is as if] busyness is actually a status symbol for us!  It is strange that when people have so much, they are so anxious about not having enough—to do, to see, to own, to fix, to control, to change.

What decreases in a culture of affluence is precisely and strangely time (in spite of our many “time-saving” devices)—along with wisdom and friendship. These are the very things that the human heart was created for, that the human heart feeds on and lives for. No wonder we are producing so many depressed, unhealthy and even violent people, while leaving a huge carbon footprint on this poor planet for the following generations.

—Richard Rohr

This month, Lee goes it alone to talk about a season that is filled with holidays in so many traditions, most related to the solstice and its cosmological implications of downtime and ultimate promise of renewal. The shorter days are nature’s way of modeling what the ancient Hebrews called the Sabbath: a punctuation in time, a bit of downtime for rest and renewal. Nature heeds this by default, but humans have, particularly in the last century, brushed that pattern aside with the go-go-go schedule operating at all hours on all days of the year.

This show looks at differing ideas of time, and the idea that the autumn and winter time is our cue to slow down and breathe, and to be okay with that. The Sabbath economic pattern is one that heeds this natural pattern, functioning in its alternative wisdom as a form of protest, over against the prevailing model that never lets us rest, particularly in this season that is often filled with even more hype and activity than other times.

Lee references a site where you can buy Fair Trade olive oil from Palestinian orchards: Import Peace.

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Solstice, Sabbath, and Spirit

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