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Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Egypt to the Promised Land or from Slavery to Freedom. On many of these days, I will share my reflections via my blog.

For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for others, it is a tool for exploring the kabbalistic teachings in an organized way.  For me, it is a time to actively reflect on my Journey Towards Wholeness.  The more I am whole, the more free I will become.

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The days leading up to Passover are often crazy with anticipation, angst, and joy. I love Passover; this year was no different. The most exciting thing about this year is that although I felt all the angst of what needed to get done, I also felt ready. I didn’t feel the sense of overwhelm that comes with having 15 – 22 people per  seder (Passover meal). And this year seemed to be the year for health challenges to keep taking our guests. Still it doesn’t matter if I am prepping for five people or 20 people, prepping for Passover takes work.

As the holiday was approaching, I was ecstatic. . .I was in great shape. Except that I forgot one very important step. I didn’t go inward. I didn’t take the time to reflect on how Passover usually inspires me on my own growth journey. Instead, I focused on prepping my house for company and the upcoming seders.

On Thursday, all of that changed when I slipped and landed on my tailbone as a tabletop fell on my head/neck. While I felt really sore I was amazed that even this didn’t upset me too much. I was functioning at a slower rate – yes. But, I was in good shape with what I had accomplished prior to the accident and I was blessed with a couple of extra hands to help in the final day’s preparation. So I went inward, just a little bit. I allowed myself some extra time to breathe and move a little more slowly. In truth, I had no choice.

Now let’s jump ahead to the end of the seders. While I LOVED our first seder and thought our second seder was good too, I was totally wiped after the second seder and it showed. So my company told me to go to bed and they cleaned up along with my sons. Yay.

Omer - Day 2 - water

L’Chayyim – To Life!!!

At about 2 PM, I woke up and found myself in awe of where I was. For about 30 minutes, I sat up in bed and drank a lot of water and realized that I didn’t have a plan for how I was going to take my Omer Journey this year.  For me, the journey is about ridding myself of the toxins in my life and consciously deciding to move forward in a very real way.

(Note: I had signed up for a Counting the Omer to Fitness with with Rabbi Howard Cohen. So while I wasn’t 100 % reflective, I did have a fleeting thought about the journey.)

As I sat there, I was happy to be drinking my water. Isn’t drinking water part of the cleansing process? In general, I know that if I am taking the time to drink lots of plain water, I am doing some good self-care. At that moment, I was proud of myself. And then it hit me, I needed to come up with a plan for flushing some of the toxins and/or schmutz out of my life.

Within an hour of that time, I was totally releasing the toxins. In fact, for the next 15 plus hours, I was hanging out with my old friend the porcelain goddess or sometimes it was a simple trash basket. Let’s just say, I had plenty of time to release the toxins and to feel sorry for myself too.

Early in my stomach bug, I was blown away by the timing of it!! Didn’t I just say that I needed to release the toxins from my body, my mind, and my soul? As the hours wore on, I was acutely aware that my journey had begun. I had no choice, but to listen.

Approximately thirty hours since the release began, I am feeling myself on a de-cluttering mission. I want to rid my yard of unwanted weeds, overgrowth, and weight. I want to clear my closet and home of things I don’t need. I want to take time to reflect on how to make some of my friendships healthier and more vibrant than they have previously been. Finally, I want to keep what is good and let go of that which doesn’t work any longer.

And let’s not forget the Thursday’s klutzy moment, I want to move a little more slowly and breathe a little more deeply. Accidents often happen because we are trying to do too much and to do it too quickly.

The Counting of the Omer is the perfect time to go inward and do a little self-care. Leaving Egypt so that I can ultimately find the Promise Land will take some work. Basically, I get to embrace the good parts of my life by better taking care of me and releasing that which doesn’t serve me.

L’Chayyim, To Life – Time to drink a lot more water. 🙂

Onward with love, light, and blessings,
Chava

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If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.

~Mark Houlahan

Without a doubt, I have the ability to manage my life; I think you do too.  I always have a choice of how I walk through the journey, even the tough stuff.  I think we all do.

Over the past months, I have shifted the way I walk through the world.  I am getting rid of excess stuff; I am taking better care of me.  I have been exercising, eating better, losing weight, and creating a very powerful vision of what I am hoping to do as part of my role in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).  I will share more in a blog later this week.

The bottom-line is that moving forward happens better when you consciously and actively do the things that need to be done.  Few people can thrive with clutter, but one of my favorite professors in college blew me away with how productive he was in what I thought of as a cluttered space.  And guess what? He could find ANYTHING in a matter of moments.  Most of us, however, are not so lucky.

Feng Shui is one of the primary teachings that has guided my life; although not actively all the time. 🙂  If you don’t use it, lose it; everything and everyone has it’s place.  I am in the midst of figuring that out what that means.

In order to make room for that which you want in every area of your life, try one or all of these three ideas:

1.   Getting rid of extra baggage

Most of us have some amazing baggage from all the roles we play.  Emails, stuff, paper files, scraps of paper, and mail that needs to be dealt with.  I am on a mission to stop handling emails and paper, etc. more than once.  By the end of the week, it is my hope that all my email boxes are empty and that is how they are at the end of each day.  I am also trying to get rid of what I don’t need.  In truth, I am fairly organized, but I do live with a family and I do have a few shortcomings.  Aren’t we all a work in progress?  😉

2.   Prioritize where your family and friends fit into your life

We only have so much time and it is a challenge to make our schedules work.  So many people are important to us, but if we don’t prioritize our needs, we won’t be able to accomplish the goals we have.  Honoring our relationships in an honest way will help us stay a little more balanced and not feel bad for the limitations that naturally exist.

3.   Make time to do the things that fuel your soul

Nurture yourself by following your rhythms as best you can.  If you need to be outside, go; if you need to be creative, take the time; if you need to read trashy novels, read them.  We all have different things that keep us spiritually grounded.  I chant; I read trashy novels; I write; I dream.  I also love spending time with my guys; I love writing; I love much of my work.  While the house needs to be cleaned, I will be able to manage all that I need to do if I am doing what needs to be done for my soul.

Life is full, really full.  At the same time, we all have the ability to consciously decide how to move through it.  What a gift.

On that note, it is time for me to go try some silent meditation and then to come home and continue decluttering my little haven while making time to hang with Dovi and connect with Aryeh who is away.

 Today is where your book begins; the rest is still unwritten.
~from Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten
~written by Natasha Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, and Wayne Rodriguez

With light and blessings,

Chava

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