Posts Tagged ‘glory’

Tonight we counted Day 33 of the Omer, which is 4 weeks and five days of the counting. Day 33 is referred to as Hod sheh b’Hod, Expansiveness within Expansiveness.

Photo courtesy of  Shai Gluskin

Expansiveness in all of her Glory:                                        Photo courtesy of Shai Gluskin

Hod can be explained with a multitude of words including expansiveness, prophesy, glory, empathy, thankfulness, and being fully present.  Each word leads to a deeper and more full understanding of Hod.  To fully absorb  Hod,  one must be fully aware of the realities with an openness to the truth of what one is seeing or experiencing.

Hod sheh b’Hod

All my life, I have been intensely aware of the world around me.  The intensity permeates every cell of my body.  With that awareness comes a spirit that tends to walk gently while being a human barometer of sorts.  Over the years I have learned to remain present without experiencing the deep emotions that others feel.  Self preservation is a necessity when you walk in the world as I do.  At the same time, I value so much of what is.

Hod squared

Being open in this way means that you not only trust what you know, but you are also open to the fact that there are always moving parts.  What you know one moment might evolve the next minute.  When we are fully present, we are also aware that nothing is truly permanent; everything changes with each passing moment.

May we be present to the vastness that surrounds us as we navigate the world with all her moving parts.


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Last night, we counted Day 19  of the Omer, which is 2 weeks and 5 days of the counting of the Omer. Today is referred to as Hod sheh b’Tiferet or splendor within beauty that is present.   Tiferet is not simply beauty, it encompasses so much more; when you see the complete picture of Tiferet, you also see balance and harmony too.

Life.  When I see a new baby, I see perfection.  When I see any human being, I am touched by their resilience, their amazing ability to move forward. When I see someone that has struggled or is struggling from great challenges, either physical or emotional, I see them as overwhelmingly beautiful.  Watching people heal or sometimes let go can be amazing.  There is a profound beauty.

Aryeh at the Kotel Summer 2012 - Seeing this photo touched me deeply.  At one time, the possibility of Aryeh thriving would have been a dream. . .. .

Aryeh at the Kotel Summer 2012- Seeing this photo touched me deeply. At one time, the possibility of Aryeh thriving would have been a dream. . . . .

Living can be hard.  Serious illness takes your breath away.  Sudden loss can destroy your spirit.  Yet watching people as they emerge from their challenges is profound – Wow!!! And hearing a newborn baby’s first cry or the joy of spontaneous laughter is equally as grand.  Hod sheh b’Tiferet touches upon the intense beauty that can be a part of life.

May we have many moments of intense beauty within our lives.  May we have moments that our hearts truly sing as we see or experience life fully and see some miraculous moments.

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