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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 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.  [http://t.co/dBPYjDxSGj . . . .]

IMPERFECTION OR I’M PERFECTION:

PERHAPS. . .A LITTLE OF BOTH

In every way, I am a work in progress.There is always so much to do. The beauty of my journey is that it feels absolutely beautiful to walk in the world with the self awareness that has become part of me. Sometimes it is a challenge to accept how imperfect I am; I really do wish I was wiser, healthier, more thoughtful, and more attuned to the earth.  Yet it is because of my reality that I have the opportunity to do some awesome work and to grow as a human being.

In my own world! February 2015 - darker letting

Photos by Aryeh Grossman – Artistic layout by Marty Johnston

Each and every day, I focus on all of the areas that need my focus:

  1. Walking gently with the earth
  2. Making healthy lifestyle choices
  3. Acknowledging MY inner and outer beauty
  4. Seeking truth at every turn
  5. Strengthening my knowledge base as a Jewish Educator

As someone who is actively engaged in living consciously, I often hyper-focus on how to honor the person I am while positively impacting the world I live.

Each area above intertwines with the others. There is not one part of my journey that is an island. Becoming a healthy soul means making choices on how I interact with the earth and all of her inhabitants. As much as I love the moments when I am alone, I will never be an island. None of us are. We are all part of a much larger world even when we choose to disconnect.

The journey is not always easy, it is full of gifts and challenges. Sometimes it is scary and some time liberating. And for me, it is always intense.

I struggle with my imperfections. . .there are so many. And yet what I am coming to love that each imperfection leads me to climb the metaphoric mountains allowing me to strive to be the best human being I can be.

A few days ago, I realized that IMPERFECTION is actually I’M PERFECTION. I am sure someone came up with that one already, but it made me smile. Perhaps, just maybe, I am perfect just the way I am. 🙂

Hineini, Here I am!

May we all strive to be the most perfect people we can be without the guilt to shadow over that which is good.

With love light, and blessings,
Chava

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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 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.  [http://t.co/dBPYjDxSGj . . . .]

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.
K
ahlil Gibran

Woodstock, NY April 2015

Woodstock, NY
April 2015

During a spiritual retreat over the weekend, I fell in love with the land around Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Woodstock, New York. After spending the better part of a day staring into the woods, I found myself needing to walk there. With each step, I treasured the feel of my shoes sinking into the soil. If I had more time, I might have even taken off my shoes and socks so that I could feel the earth massaging my feet.

For the 30 minutes, I found myself literally revering all that surrounded me: the earth, rotting trees, dried leaves, fallen branches, and even some boulders too. The land was absolutely soothing for my soul and stimulating for my senses.

My entire being needs to start taking more time outside. It really can’t be optional for me to feel the wind blow my hair or the sun warm my backside. While I may understand that spending time outside is fabulous for Vitamin D absorption, it is also exactly what I need to be more whole. In fact, spending daily time in the beautiful outdoors inspires me to be more present and even centered even when I have to be indoors. Can you hear the outdoors calling my name? I do!

As part of Day 24 of My Journey Towards Wholeness, I am promising myself that I will begin spending more time outside daily and at least two nice blocks of time outside each week either hiking or maybe even exploring the outdoors in some sort of new ways.

Would love to have some suggestions for what I can do outside during the Houston summers.

With love, light, and blessings,
Chava

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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.

Middah (character trait) focus: Humility

It’s not all about me.

Really. . . .As hard as it is to believe sometimes, I am not the center of the universe or the center of the earth’s story.  There is a much bigger world that surrounds me; I am simply  a small particle within the larger cosmos.

Things That Grow at My Palace of Peace: tomatoes, peppers, chives Photo courtesy of Shay Seaborne

Things That Grow at My Palace of Peace:     tomatoes, peppers, chives
Photo courtesy of Shay Seaborne

I need to do the best Ihu can with the part of the world that is mine to navigate.  Every aspect of my world is a metaphoric seed that can be planted to sprout new food, enchanting ideas, or gifts to be celebrated.  We all make a difference and have the capacity to heal or hurt what exists.

Perhaps humility is simply the understanding that each and every aspect of the world matters.  While it may not be all about me, I still can make a difference for good.

May I walk gently, remain unobtrussive, and do my best make a difference for good.

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A few weeks ago, I found what has become my bet rock.  Feel free to laugh at me; I am.

Yesterday, as I was moving through a rather challenging day, I found myself needing to touch base with that rock which for some reason I was carrying with me in my pocket.  So I did.  Throughout the day held the rock in my hand; sometimes I just touched the outside of my pocket to make sure that the rock was there.

I love how this little rock has become my teacher.

The sweet little rock reminded me that I had to stay strong and that maintaining my foundation was an important need too.  The beauty of the rock reminds me that I have live with inner beauty and integrity.  I have to walk gently in a loving and sweet demeanor.  The earth is profoundly beautiful where I live in Tucson and the surrounding areas.  As long as I remain grounded in this beauty all will ultimately thrive.

My life has felt overwhelming as I have had to navigate some difficult challenges lately.  In truth, internally I am struggling, but the rock reminds me to stay focused and present.  My foundation is strong and getting stronger.  All will be ok; it always is for me.

Amazing how a small rock has such empowering energy.

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