The Sabbath ManifestoFebruary 21, 2012 Leave a comment
The issue of personal ecology is one of my biggest concerns in our ever accelerating world. It is the biggest pain point I find among leaders and organizations. It is a sense of being overwhelmed, of trying to do too much, of never having a break. And worst of all – it can be addictive.
But we can’t work for sustainability in unsustainable ways. We can’t forget that we are part of earth’s biology, that there are natural rhythms in which we thrive. Evolution moves in the direction of increasing complexity, but our current response to increasing complexity seems to be acceleration. We are reaching the limits of acceleration.
We will not be able to solve the problems we face at the current level of complexity, because this is where we created them. In order to evolve to a next level of complexity we will need to try something else – something other than trying to go faster.
Perhaps what we need is a day of rest, a true day of rest, a day to connect to deeper aspects of ourselves, to nature, to others. The Sabbath Manifesto is an exciting project that seems to be headed in the right direction.
Sundown March 23 to Sundown March 24.
Here are the ten principles:
- Avoid Technology
- Connect with Loved Ones
- Nurture your Health
- Get Outside
- Avoid Commerce
- Light Candles
- Drink Wine
- Eat Bread
- Find Silence
- Give Back
Let’s try it on!