When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Blessed By The Morning
I dedicate these blessings and the music to my many friends who are living with and healing through illness; each finding moments of gratitude daily for this is a practice that sustains us.
Click the frosted Rose of Sharon bud photo above or the purple title link below to listen to this song of gratitude.
Modah ani l'fanecha
melech chai v'kayam
shehechezarta bi nishmati
b'chemla rabah emunatecha.
One humble being I offer my gratitude
To You O’ blessed restorer of souls
Traveling through the night dreaming through darkness
I thank you Hashem for the gift of this life.
Baruch ata Hashem Eloheinu
asher yatzar et ha'adam b'chochma,
asher yatzar et ha'adam b'chochma
Blessed are You O’ Creator of everything
Fashioning humans with Your wisdom and faith
Intricate, fragile, each day is a miracle
Breathing the breath of Your Infinite Love
Waking each morning with prayers of gratitude, even if I'm not feeling well or particularly happy in the moment, elevates my spirit and carries me through the day. Viewing the beauty of a frosty morning and singing never fail to bring me back to my soul center, to remind me that we are all connected, that I am not alone, that despite the challenges life sometimes presents, each day is a blessing. Even in a body damaged by illness, more goes right than wrong and that is indeed a miracle. I never take a day that I am able to walk around the yard with my camera for granted; each step is a gift. On the mornings I can't get outside, I have windows through which to see the wonders of a day unfolding. My breathing is not as strong as it used to be, but I am still able to sing softly. How can I not feel grateful?
The English in the lyrics to the prayer/song above are not an exact translation of the Hebrew, but my own interpretation, revealing what to me is the essence of two of prayers that are deeply meaningful to me entwined. In more colloquial terms, this is a "mash-up" of Modah AniandAsher Yatzar You can find the full text to these prayers and translations by clicking on the links if you are curious.
*This is a very low-tech recording with GarageBand and a headset in bed. Sorry about the annoying 60hz hum, but the cathedral effect was fun to play with:-)
There is still time to participate in the Gratitude Quilt...information on how to join in is at the top of this blog.