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Last night we counted Day 28 of the Omer, which is 4 weeks of the counting. Today is referred to as Malkhut sheh b’Netzach, shekhinah within endurance.  Shekhinah is a way of looking at Malkhut (meaning kingdom).  When God or godliness dwells in one central location, you have a kingdom.

Netzach Image - Reaching for all that is within life. Courtesy of Jennifer Judelsohn from her Sefirot collection of paintings.

Netzach Image                               Reaching for all that is within life.
Courtesy of Jennifer Judelsohn from her Sefirot collection of paintings.

Wrestling with life is what I do.  I seek answers to questions that lack responses and I often feel alone as I navigate the current realities of life.  Throughout each step of the journey,  there is always a choice about how I navigate wherever I am going.  When I walk gently, the shekhinah can be felt within the struggles, within the questions, and even within the answers.  All of this ultimately is my personal endurance.

With each and every reality, I openly endure what is and for the most part I have found gifts within the challenges.  As a seeker, I am constantly exploring the questions and answers within life.  I am moving forward. I am reaching for clarity, for understanding.

Malkhut sheh b’Netzach, shekhinah within endurance.

Counting the Omer has become a powerful way to personally guide how I walk through the world with the daily and weekly teachings.  As long as Godliness is part of my journey, the shekhinah will ultimately prevail within life’s interactions, within the malkhut.   

My hope is that I am one of many who are on this journey.  To create Malkhut sheh b’Netzach, shekhinah within endurance, we need to be actively engaged in making the world a better place.  And when and where this occurs, we will find the shekhinah in our midst, within our kingdom.

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Last night we counted Day 27 of the Omer, which is 3 weeks and six days of the counting. Today is referred to as Yesod sheh b’Netzach, foundation within endurance.

Living life takes endurance; consciously or not, we endure the lives we live.  When we actively build a foundation for ourselves by meaningfully engaging in life, we are building a foundation within the lives we endure.

Breathing is not optional, yet most of us breathe unconsciously.  Try taking five deep breaths right now or when you have a moment ; to do this you will need to inhale slowly through your nose giving your entire body a moment to feel the breath as you take it in and then exhale through your mouth just as slowly.  Try to do this exercise evenly by taking as much time to inhale as you do to exhale.  Does this exercise relax you, give you more energy, or make you feel more centered.

Finding ways to more actively engage in life is part of building a foundation.

I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.  ~Isaac Asimov

For me, acknowledging Yesod sheh b’Netzach, foundation within endurance, is empowering.  There are so many ways in which I choose to build a stronger foundation for myself and for my family.  Each and every step we take matters and helps strengthen our cores.  Whether it is about how we breathe, eat, move or whether it is about how we relate to our interests, our money, or our role in tikun olam (repairing the world).  When I consciously develop how I do these things, I am creating a more solid foundation for myself and ultimately my family.

As we move through today, may conscious living empower us as we build a stronger foundation within our our lives.

Keep on Moving! Reaching!

 

 

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Tonight we counted Day 26 of the Omer, which is 3 weeks and five days of the counting. Today is referred to as Hod sheh b’Netzach, humility and majesty within endurance.

Have you ever noticed that life seems to have too many moving parts?  Navigating our world is never-ending, we all have to navigate every moment of our lives.

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With that in mind, it can be difficult to notice the majestic beauty that surrounds us; it can also be humbling to realize that while we count, we don’t count all that much in the grand scheme of things.

As you journey within Day 26 of the Omer, take a deep breath and notice the pure splendor that surrounds you not only with nature, but with those people that surround you, and all that life encompasses.  With each breath, breathe in the beauty and then realize that you have a part in the larger world.  You count, but you don’t have to be perfect; just be the best human being you can be.

With love and light. . . .

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Tonight we counted Day 25 of the Omer, which is 3 weeks and four days of the counting of the Omer. Today is referred to as Netzach sheh b’Netzach, endurance within endurance.

Endurance squared. . . .

Thriving is what we do.  We climb mountains.  We have marathons with our beloved work, our children, our interests.  Stopping doesn’t happen because there is always so much to do.

Endurance squared. . . .

What would our worlds look like if we truly stopped?  I am not certain it would be pretty.  Yet we have to be honest with what our bodies and souls need.  Sometimes we can’t function without stopping to take a deep breathe.

 

 

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Endurance squared. . . .

May each of us have the ability to honor what we need to endure as we do what jazzes our soul and makes us feel truly at peace within our bodies.

 

 

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Last night we counted Day 24 of the Omer, which is 3 weeks and three days of the counting of the Omer. Today is referred to as Tiferet sheh b’Netzach, beauty within endurance.

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To me there is nothing as beautiful as someone who is actively and passionately engaged in some aspect of life over a long period of time.  This could doing acts of Tikun Olam (Repairing the World) or an art form or maybe even someone who loves some aspect of physical movement.  Beauty comes from loving to learn and sharing that love with others.  Passion and drive take incredible amounts of endurance.

May we all find the drive and passion that fills us with beauty as we develop, grow, and move forward.

 

 

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Tonight we counted Day 23  of the Omer, which is 3 weeks and two days of the counting of the Omer. Today is referred to as Gevorah sheh b’Netzach or discipline or strength within endurance.

Having the discipline or the strength to maneuver where you want to go with all of the different moving parts of your life takes endurance.  

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Over the years, I have learned that when I want to become the best I can be in the different areas of my life, I need to be focused on creating a daily practice as a means of better developing the skills and connection I need.  With the practice comes a true connection to accomplishing whatever it is I set out to do.  I have also learned that it often takes courage to withstand the challenges that come with any daily practice; nothing happens without a lot of fortitude or character to do the work.  And all becomes possible as long as I am consciously doing the work.

I am getting ready for a new health journey.  For the first time in my life, I am a little anxious about what the journey will look like.  Will I have the strength and the courage to push myself in the healthiest of directions.  A few years ago, I lost 65 lbs; I have kept most of that off, but now it is time to finish what I started out to do.  Being healthy is not an option; my life matters too much!! 

While I am not certain exactly what path I am taking, I realize that this journey has to be fun, rewarding, and make sense within the confines of my current life.   Once I figure out what I want to do to make this journey work for me, I will move forward with more ease.  

Gevorah sheh b’Netzach – Hoping I have strength within the endurance to do what I need to do and to do it  right.

With each and every personal goal, may we all persevere with an open heart and gentle spirit.  

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Tonight we counted Day 22  of the Omer, which is 3 weeks and one day of the counting of the Omer. Today is referred to as Chesed sheh b’Netzach or loving-kindness within endurance.

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Tonight I lit a yizkor candle for my mother. She was never emotionally healthy, but she was still the woman who gave birth to me. 

My hope and my prayer is that wherever her spirit lies, may it be full of peace. Peace never came to her in life, perhaps it came to her in death.

For years, I was tormented by mother’s life and then later her death.  She was so profoundly ill that she was unable to act as a healthy mother should; her spirit must have been broken.

Tonight I realized that for the first time in my life, I felt completely neutral to the pain and darkness that my mother’s presence perpetrated in my life.  Somehow, I have found the endurance to find it in my heart to move forward; I have also found it in my heart to wish peace for her spirit.

Chesed sheh b’Netzach – May it be so 

 

 

 

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