Ep. 2.5: Embodied Sabbath Practices

Chloe and Christy gather around the table with Liz Marshall, a specialist in embodied Sabbath practices. We explore what it means to understand our bodies in light of trauma, food experiences, and rest.

Delicious Eats

Sun-Dried Tomato Salsa/Dip (Reprinted from Epicurious)

– two 7-ounce jars roasted red peppers, drained
– 3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil, about 30), soaked in hot water for 5 minutes and drained well, reserving 3 tablespoons of the soaking liquid
– 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
– 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
– 1 to 2 bottled pickled jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)
– 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
– 1/4 cup chopped scallion
– 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into bits and softened [feel free to use plain Greek yogurt or vegan yogurt for a healthier version!]
– tortilla chips as an accompaniment

In a food processor purée the red peppers, the tomatoes, the garlic, the cumin, the jalapeños, the lemon juice, the coriander, and the scallion until the mixture is smooth, add the cream cheese and salt to taste, and purée the mixture, adding enough of the reserved tomato-soaking liquid to thin the dip to the desired consistency and scraping down the side of the bowl occasionally, until it is smooth. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve it with the tortilla chips.

Clickable Links

Faith Trust Institute @ https://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/

Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against IPV and Elder Abuse @ https://www.interfaithpartners.org/

The art of the Taize chant @ https://www.taize.fr/en_article10308.html

Composer, Arranger, Workshop Facilitator, Author, and Mischief Maker Ana Hernandez @ http://anahernandez.org/chants/

Wisdom Chant with Darlene Franz @ https://wisdomchant.bandcamp.com/

Fantastic Reads

The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response by Pamela Cooper-White

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

AND BONUS: Closing Practice

Liz shared a beautiful breath prayer with us, but the one from which she originally adapted is no longer an active link online. It was a supplemental page from http://www.pohick.org/.

Liz’s adapted version is below.

Breathing Prayer

Sit somewhere comfortably and quietly where you will not be disturbed. Breathe somewhat more deeply than usual, becoming more conscious of the air entering your lungs when inhaling—and then, after a brief pause, also the air that leaves when exhaling. As you develop this rhythm, focus your mind upon God, guided by the following reflection (repeat several times):

Breathe in the breath of God
Breathe out your cares and concerns

Breathe in the love of God
Breathe out your doubts and despairs

Breathe in the grace of God
Breathe out your fears and frustrations

Breathe in the breath of God
Breathe out your tensions and turmoil

Breathe in the love of God
Breathe out your haste and hurry

Breathe in the grace of God
Breathe out your worry

Sit quietly before the God who gives life and love to all creation.
Sit in peace filled with the breath of the Holy Spirit who re-members every fiber of our being.
Sit in this moment, grateful for this time to be present with ourselves and God.

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