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Someone Else’s Sunday

Submitted by GingerBlackstone on April 29, 2010 – 5:10 pmComments

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by Ian Bloomfield

I read an article in Glamour a few years back about 20-somethings not knowing what to do with themselves on Sundays.  “This isn’t the church-going Sunday from your mother’s time,” it said (or something to that effect).  Women were encouraged to do laundry, get a pedicure, take a walk, and prepare for the workweek. Sunday was declared a rest day, even if it was no longer a religious rest day.

The Sunday example is a Christian-centric perspective, but one that applies to other religions with days set apart each week for services and reflection.  Self-care is essential for all humans, and studies say that having a spiritual connection is a part of self-care as a source of strength that increases wellness, longevity, and everyday comfort and happiness.  Striking out on our own in our 20s, we are presented with a plethora of religious and spiritual options that can be overwhelming for someone who either doesn’t really like church or whose beliefs have changed with time.

What to do? Experiment! Getting to know oneself means getting to know the deeper parts, beyond beliefs, beyond words.  It’s exciting, and you may find what I did, that an outside search for a “religion” takes a backseat to an inner search for meaning.

My spiritual journey began Catholic, but as I moved into my 20s, I found I no longer identified with everything I was expected to believe.  The core sense of Love and care for others remained, however, and soon I found myself reading Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson and discovering new takes on my faith.  These perspectives are not about the intellectual, theological aspects of belief but belief itself.  I sit with myself daily, quietly, even for just a few minutes, and express thanks for what I have to my personal sense of God. I try to honor each moment.  Community is important to me, so I seek believers at a couple of Christian churches as well as a Zen meditation group, both of which provide places to offer thanks, gain perspective, and explore. Beyond that, I’m still discovering, and so can anyone from any faith background, or no faith background at all.

So perhaps Sunday (or the day one is raised with) is not the be-all-end-all anymore, but the concept is nourishing.  A rest time, a time to reflect, a time to grow spiritually and be receptive to positive energy. Whatever you do, make it your own. Then go for the mani-pedi!

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  • saraparriott

    In this age, maybe always, god is someone to visit and experience only. The most difficult thing is to actually believe, because when there is that momentary flash of "God is!" what do you do with it? Is God actually listening to you? Then what? thanking a vague God gets us to our pedicures. I'm always ready for the diversion. I don't like that. there has to be more than filling our Sundays.

  • Ginger Blackstone

    I agree with you- and I don't believe in a vague God at all. However, I do believe in removing my predisposed ideas about God so God can tell me who He/ She is. You're right, too, that Sunday, and every day, is not about filling it just to fill it, but for living, which includes meaning and substance and reflection.

    When I get that flash, I send it a lot of LOVE and wait for more.

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