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Monday, March 25, 2013

thin thawing line







There’s a thin thawing line between winter 



and spring awakening.






sensing tight bud self
freedom becomes possible
breathe into the light



There’s a thin thawing line between winter and spring awakening.

Mitzrayim and bamidbar constricted wild mind peaceful expansive heart, slender and fragile as a sheet of matzah, crisp bread unrisen, blessed twice, dissolving on the tongue if we choose briefly to allow it to rest there -here before biting down or swallowing. Choosing (because we can) to taste freedom, fully present, the subtly burnt flavor of flour and water mixed pricked and baked in eighteen minutes start to finish unites past and future generations to the pregnant pause of just this.

Peh                                          sach

Your hushed mouth speaks this very moment into existence in stillness.

The Seder ritual continues as we bless the bitterness, acknowledge the difficulties real and imagined, then bind them to sweetness, another blessing for life continuously enfolds sorrow into joy, and this is our sacred offering, ingesting the truth of what it is to be human.

Dish after dish of memories flood the palate.  Cousins laugh at inside jokes, the “supplemental maggid,” unique to every family. Idle chatter mingles with silverware clatter while idolatrous prattle rattles the closet doors of closed minded expectations, judgmental who’s who identities collide despite the illumination of fluidly dancing yontiff candles disclosing evidence to the contrary, gently advising us to notice, perhaps for the first time who is really who and more to the point; “who’s are NOT what’s” objectified solid frozen in history but ceaselessly transforming, same as you grown and growing bursting the seams of hand-me-down emotional garments you’d long assumed (like everyone else) were actually your-Self.

And here it is again, that thin thawing line between winter and spring awakening.

The poem above wends its way like a meditation through a few of the rituals of a Pesach Seder as imagined through my memory. Here is a link to the required elements of a Seder.

Some helpful (I hope) explanations of words that may not be familiar:

Mitzrayim- Egypt. Held within the Hebrew is the word “tzar,” meaning narrow place, constriction, contracted. From this we understand that this is also a state of heart and mind caught in thoughts and emotions that hold us in a pattern of suffering.

Bamidbar- In the desert, or wilderness; we can equate this with an open spacious heart and mind, unfettered by fear, anger, delusion, greed, sleepiness, doubt and other hindrances that may hamper our sense of freedom.

Matzah- This is the unleavened bread eaten during the eight days of Passover, reminiscent of the bread prepared in a hurry on the way out of Egypt during the Exodus.

Pesach- In ancient Temple times this was the burnt offering. It is also the word Jewish people say instead of Passover.

“Pesach is formed with three letters: Peh, Samech, and Chet. The kabbalists say pesach can be read as two words, revealing a deeper meaning: Peh Sach which means "the mouth speaks." These two words are spelled with four letters: Peh, Heh, Samech, and Chet. Therefore, the Oral Tradition uncovers that the letter Heh was skipped over.

Conceptually, the "mouth speaking" is what happens during the Seder when we retell the going out of Egypt. Haggadah means "speech." Kabbalah teaches that each month of the calendar has a strong link to a different human quality. This month, Nisan, is connected to the quality of speech. What is speech? It is bringing ideas into reality.” (Aish)

Seder- Literally means order. A Seder is a Jewish spiritual practice of rituals that unfold in a specific order including blessings, asking questions, telling the story of the Exodus and passages from other ancient and contemporary texts, a grand meal and many songs. It is a religious service that is held in the home, led by the family. Seder’s occur on the first two nights of the holiday of Passover.

Maggid-the story. One essential aspect of a Passover Seder is to retell the story of the Exodus out of Egypt.

Yontiff- This is the Yiddish pronunciation of the words Yom Tov, meaning good day in Hebrew, in other words, holiday. 


Whether you are celebrating Passover or Easter, another holiday this week or simply the gift of a new season's arrival, I wish everyone joy, peace and hearts wide open like buds waking to the possibility of freedom in this moment, as the thin line of separation thaws.

May all beings be free of suffering.

Linking to:
I Heart Macro
haiku my heart
d'verse
real toads

*The first seven photos were taken in the midst of a snow storm on the last day of winter, the last three are from the first morning of spring just after I woke up.




81 comments:

  1. Happy Passover to you! Have a wonderful Seder!
    Chag sameach!

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  2. fabulous captures of ice crystals. Almost makes me wish it was colder here - the operative word being "almost!"

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  3. I love all the small details in these shots! I am cold just looking at them :o)

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  4. The Seder ritual continues as we bless the bitterness, acknowledge the difficulties real and imagined, then bind them to sweetness...love that...had a family i used to celebrate seder with, was very cool...and your world looks a lot like mine right now....spring covered in snow...

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  5. Beautiful images! And I am so sorry to hear about your dog- we experienced the same last year with our dog! We tried to be with her as much as possible and make her last months as easy as possible.

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  6. Have a Free and Peaceful Passover!

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  7. Still so much winter. Love the shot with the curly branch! Thank you for the word definitions, now I must go back and reread what you wrote!

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  8. Beautiful pics of the beginning of spring. How nice! The waiting's over! Nicely Laura!

    Hank

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  9. Sending many good wishes for your sweet dog, they add so much to our lives! Thanks for this lovely post, I hope your thaw also crosses into Spring soon:)

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  10. Contrasts ... exquisite black and white colors crisp with winter's mantle ... and yet a shock because I had just posted wildflowers on my own blog ... celebrate diversity and the turning of the seasons. Thank you. Blessings!

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  11. Fascinating, informative, and very well said.
    K

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  12. Happy Passover, dearest Laura. May you have a beautiful time with family. All photos are quite lovely but the third to last is especially beautiful.

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  13. lovely winter into spring images ~

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  14. These are lovely photos. Saying a prayer for your dear Ellie.

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  15. Such stunning photos. Thank you for sharing them. ☺

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  16. Wonderful bokeh and light in your images. :)

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  17. Thank you for sharing in such an evocative way Laura.

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  18. Sensing tight bud self...
    This phrase so aptly describes that period of transition, just before one makes a personal leap in evolution and progression. Nicely done, as always, Laura.

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  19. rituals, practices, I do love them. Jewish, Catholic both are heavy on tradtional things like these. I adore the imagery hear and the "thawing line" is really a nice concept to ponder. And the photography takes my breath away. It 's even poetry without words.

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  20. Your posts are filled...spilling of the most inspiring images and words, Laura. Thinking of you and Ellie. ♥

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  21. What beautiful pictures. Sending healing thoughts to you and Ellie.

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  22. The pictures alone could make a beautiful meditation and your words create images of their own...a lovely post. I will come back to read the definitions again ...your posts are a beautiful way for me to learn.

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  23. Wishing you all the best, Happy Passover!

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  24. thawing line...great springboard.

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  25. I love your poetry photo essays - they say so much to me. Thanks.

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  26. Excellent pics and haiku, as always.

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  27. your photos are lovely. Frost is so simple and clean. It's wonderful to photograph...but i will be quite happy to see the flowers again. Happy Passover.

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  28. Happy Passover! I hope you dog is better now! Lovely images. Have a happy week!

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  29. Great macro shots ~ There is indeed a thin line dividing winter and spring ~

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  30. Nice set of photos, I'm a fool for backlit shots. Happy Pesach.

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  31. You are still wearing the beautiful mantle of winter, I see!

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  32. Terrific photos Laura. Beautiful bokeh in the last three.

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  33. Wonderful photography - it's still a bit too icy for real spring, but it can't be far away.

    I'm sorry about your dog, and will understand if we don't see you about so much. We become so attached to our pets that it's very hard when they are old and ill.

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  34. Fabulous shots! Snow and ice is so pretty.

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  35. Whether we celebrate Passover or Easter, the important question is, "What does this mean?" If we don't ask, and then stop to consider the answer, it's all just empty ritual.

    Your photos are amazing - but I still wish spring would come soon.

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  36. How lovely this is and how peaceful I am left after reading. Thank you for allowing us to be a "fly on the wall" so to speak, for the insights and traditions shared. There is something about such tradition, gatherings, rituals--such continuity that makes us feel one with our family, whole once again. Wonderful piece.

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  37. So true that there is a thin thawing line between winter and spring....ha, I don't think we have achieved it here yet.

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  38. Hi Laura, Your photos are amazing tooo ... a big kiss from Switzerland ♥

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  39. Exquisite photos, exquisite writing. The words flow into my heart and I am beginning to see why God so loves the Jewish people. You allow a peek into truly inspired traditions-"we bless the bitterness, acknowledge the difficulties real and imagined, then bind them to sweetness, another blessing for life continuously enfolds sorrow into joy, and this is our sacred offering, ingesting the truth of what it is to be human." Thank you. Blessings teri

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  40. Stellar photos Laura and lovely haiku!

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  41. It is indeed a thin line, and it seems to be staying that way for a really long time this year. Your photographs are wonderful, Laura, and I truly enjoyed reading this post.

    Wishing you a fantastic day!

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  42. Wow, just wonderful - very beautiful photos! Happy Easter to you, Laura!

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  43. wonderful pics! and nice piece of heaven :)

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  44. Beautiful series of images showing Laura. Wish you a happy Easter :) Hanne Bente

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  45. So fine ice and snow pictures with many fine details.
    Marit.

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  46. Oh, Laura--I really loved this post. Not only your pictures, but all the significance of passover and the meanings of words. ((hugs)) Just beautiful--exquisite. Fills my eyes AND my heart.

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  47. I loved reading your post, it's so wonderful and meaningful, true words from the heart. Beautiful photos too.
    Happy Passover and happy spring to you Laura, enjoy this time :)

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  48. Gorgeous captures, Laura. Wish you a happy Easter Holiday.

    Irene

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  49. Beautiful winter pictures:)
    Happy easter!

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  50. Wonderful photos, I like those forms with snow, wonderful! Excellent!

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  51. always loved ur pics
    happy skywatch Friday

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  52. It just seems so wrong to be looking at photos of ice and snow when our local temperature here in the Sonoran Desert today is supposed to reach 90 degrees!

    When the Desert Blooms and Tender Sky

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  53. Your haiku is beautiful,Laura,
    but the poem is so exquisite and packed with
    truth about family
    so clever in what it reveals about the reader...
    it is all there
    for those who have ears to hear it.
    ♥♥

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  54. Wonderful shots of the thin line between winter and spring.
    happy Skywatch and Happy Easter.

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  55. You make the divine shine today, Laura! Happy Easter!

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  56. loving this coming back to see what you have recently posted. at awe at the pics and so glad to see you are going on no matter what
    hugs.

    D.

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  57. Here's hoping that the ultimate wisdom of the trees will hold those tiny buds tight until the perfect moment!

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  58. "Thin thawing line between winter and spring awakening," words that say so much about this season. I watched the full moon last night, surrounded by clouds, and I thought of you and this season of awakening. May you and yours be well as you enjoy the arrival of spring ~

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  59. I can see the beauty of Winter in your photos. Magical !

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  60. A lovely B&W post!
    Happy Easter to you!

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  61. This is a wonderful post, photos, haiku and your description of a Seder! Lovely!

    Supper

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  62. you share your heart song, your love light, your willing unfurling so generously.

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  63. Nice B&W!!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/03/crystal-vase.html

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  64. Such spirit here on your blog with words, haiku, photography ~ Beautiful! ^_^

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  65. Wow...what a cool post, Laura! And, I love your shots.

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  66. Lovely lovely photos and post. Hope your precious dog is doing well in her late life. How lucky she is to be surrounded by those who love her!

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  67. This was a great post, Laura, with wonderful photos,- I really liked them all!
    Happy Easter to you:)

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  68. Wonderful blog...enjoyed the photos and the info♫♪ My Top Shot: http://lmkazmierczak.blogspot.com/2013/03/satans-standing-room.html

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  69. Gorgeous photos, and Happy Easter!

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  70. Thank you for the reminder of a thin line between fear and trust.

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