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.
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Counting the Omer
Gevurah Sheb’Tiferet strength within beauty, a woodpecker with all its might hammers into a distant tree seeking sustenance, what could be more beautiful than this small bird perpendicular to the trunk perfectly balanced taking care of itself and perhaps babies in a nest not far away. I pulled out the drawer beneath the bed, my own sacred nest for self-care. Not satisfied to sit on the edge of a pillow in bed today, I chose to take a seat on my zafu stored there, lengthening my spine, my trunk, despite some discomfort to practicing the loving discipline of mindfulness meditation. I listened to the mellifluous songbird choir, my dog’s sighing inhalations and exhalations as she slept nearby, breathed into the areas of pain in my body with tenderness and determination, strong and centered, Gevurah Sheb’Tiferet.
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My husband and I saw Greg Greenway perform this song live in a similar venue the year the album Something Worth Doing was released with friends. I can't even believe how many years ago that was now. I remember he told us his wife had just had a baby. That evening we had no idea what was up ahead, the depth, the enormity, the sheer number of challenges and losses all of us would face in the days, weeks and years to come. We just loved being together, singing along, receiving the gift of music, appreciating friendship, immersed in those precious hours of joy and laughter. Over these years babies were born and loved ones have died and through it all kindness has flowed. This week, looking at new buds here and there, flowers finally pushing their way through the soil this song has been my constant companion.
Thank you everyone for you kind words and prayers. We are in a holding pattern it will be a few more weeks before all the tests are complete for our daughter. She's living life with adolescent passion. It is pretty had to slow this girl down.
Perhaps because of the difficulties, rather than in spite of them we have learned to be grateful for something, small or big, every little day. Perspective reminds us that no matter what happens or doesn't happen, in Greg Greenway's words "everything else [your reactivity or response to life's inevitable challenges] is just up to you."