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Middah (character trait) focus: Create A Bigger Tent

Create A Bigger Tent - Remember that a large world exists outside of where you stand. Photo Courtesy of Ann Cameron Siegal

    Create A Bigger Tent:  Remember a large world exists outside of where you stand.
Photo  by: Ann Cameron Siegal

Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom.  For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for me, it is a time to actively reflect on different middot (character traits) that will lead me to my own rebirth.

Over 10 years ago, I saw the following cover page on the front cover of Yoga Journal.

Connect with Yourself; Connect with your Community; Connect with the World.

While I don’t remember the article at all, I do believe that these words have impacted my life more than any other words I have ever read.  They remind me of what is important in life.  Life really isn’t all about me, but I need to always consider who I am as I go out into the world and do the holy work that nurtures who I am and the values I hold so dear.

My job is to take care of myself and those in my inner circle first; the responsibility is vital.  Being healthy or whole can’t happen unless I honor by body, my mind, and my soul.  And once I do, it is important for me to remember that I live in the midst of a larger community.  The community I live in might be different from yours.  My community or my tent, as I like to refer to it, includes those that actively engage in a life of values and political beliefs that are important; they may be friends, neighbors, or virtual strangers.  Our values remind us that there is a larger world that needs our stewardship; together we consider the world around us.  Our local world and the larger world may depend on our nurturing.  Human rights covers every aspect of the world we live and with that comes consideration for the environment, slave/forced labor, politics, etc.  The world encompasses everything that could drive our universe.

Taking care of myself matters, but remembering that the world needs our collective spirit to move us to a better place for not just our community, but for the larger world too.  Join me in finding something that brings you to a more passionate place; find something that drives your spirit to care and then do the work of a caring person.

May each and every one of us reach outside of ourselves and create a bigger tent where others matter; it really isn’t just about us.

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