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Reflection Time Selfie

Life is a challenge to be embraced!

Hineyni (Here I am)

Elul is a month of reflection; for one month prior to the High Holy Days, Jews take time and prepare for the upcoming year.  On Rosh HaShanah, we celebrate the New Year and on Yom Kippur, we pray that we will be written in the book of life or at least that we will be able to fully experience life in the upcoming year.  For me, this year will be the year of change; it will be my year to shape my future and to reach towards the next chapters of my life.  There is no option to reaching and moving forward, not for me.

For now, I won’t focus on all that I am navigating, but I will share that there are moments when I live in fear of where my life is now and how I will get to the place that will sustain me.  The good news is that for the most part, I believe that I will ultimately land on my feet and in a far greater place than I am now.

Know that this isn’t easy; it isn’t easy to do a cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the soul by looking back at the previous year. Who wants to look at their mistakes or ways they could have operated on a full cylinder?  On the other hand, by looking deeply inside, we are granted the gift of perspective.

Accountings make me happy.  When I make accountings, it means I am working towards emerging from where I am currently standing.

Over the next 29 days, I will begin prepare for Rosh HaShanah and all that the new year will bring.  Here is how:

  1. Wash my fingers/hands by using a special cup – This is a way to spiritual prepare for the day by cleansing my fingers before actively engaging in the day’s Elul Journey.
  2. Blow the shofar – The sound of the ram’s horn will waken my spirit and remind me to take a moment to reflect about where I am and where I want to go.
  3. 30-Day Plank Challenge – In the plank challenge, the goal is to build core strength. I love having another reminder to take care of my core and to build a stronger me. (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/409616528582078793/?fb_ref=285275095054683292%3A7AUoGBLL1Gafopel2Fzr)
  4. Chant Psalm 27 daily (actually 2 times) – This chant is a tool that reminds us that while we can hope for God to emerge, but we must do everything we can to strengthen ourselves so that we can become the best we can and live our days with God or with Godliness.
  5. Chant/Meditate each day for 10-30 minutes. On Shabbat, I will try to embrace this practice for at least an hour.
  6. Blogging – Each day, I will share a poem/prose that moves me forward through my Elul Journey. During some of those days, I might also do a fuller check-in on how all the other parts of this daily journey are going.

Taking my Elul Journey in such a public way is exciting and challenging.  With each breath, each action, and each word, I am making a choice to emerge from wherever I am to a place that is not fully known to me yet.  As the journey unfolds, may the seeds of vulnerability blossom into beauty and a place of strength.

May 5775 be full of blessings and beauty at every turn!

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Today, there is no more counting the Omer until next year: I finished counting the Omer last week.  For 49 days, I counted from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom/Receiving the Torah.

The practice of writing nearly each of the 49 days helped me feel more grounded and balanced.  As I struggled with some of the intensity that often fills my being, I was able to focus on different kabalistic teachings and to bring them to life in a way that often felt right for me (and hopefully for some of my readers too).  My writing practice had good days and bad days, meaningful writing and not as meaningful writing.  Regardless of the day, my words gave me a greater insight into my heart and into my thoughts.  With each letter typed, my core felt like it was becoming a little more whole, a little more free.

Once I counted the 49th day, the practice of Counting the Omer came to completion.  Over and Out.  And with the last day came an emptiness.  I struggled with finding my foundation, my yesod.  For 49 days, I was guided by tradition to share my thoughts and then as tradition would have it, I had to create a different framework to keep me motivated.  While many ideas are emerging, none are ready to share just yet.  The good news is that I don’t think the waiting will be long.  The good news is that I have come to understand the benefit of the space between the words.  There is power in the silence that surrounds me as I wait for my next writing process to emerge.

Oriah the Dreamer

May the silence lead to an inner calmness and to the emergence of both insightful and powerful writing.

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