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Middah (character trait) focus: Persistence

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.


Courtesy of Shay Seaborne

Courtesy of Shay Seaborne

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean 

What I have learned is that if you want to accomplish anything in the world you have to do the work.   Only though taking one step at a time will you learn how to make things happen or how to navigate the waters so that you can get to where you want to go.

In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to develop a few practices that now guide my life.

  • Writing – Only through writing and reading do I grow my writing in skill and intensity. Since writing really jazzes my soul, I have to do the work to be a good writer.
  • Chanting –   For me, chanting is a way to go deep inside myself and to work on how I see the world and walk through life.  The deeper I allow my chanting practice to go, the more  my spirit seems to evolve to a healthier place.
  • Healthy Living – I love eating healthy foods, going to the chiropractor regularly, and biking/hiking in the desert.  The challenge for me is that this is a practice I’ve yet to find a momentum for. So, this is my work.  Once I set my mind to the holy work of taking care of my entire being only then will I be healthier.  The good news is that I do have a practice and I will continue to take small steps over time.

Only persistence will get me where I want to go.  Is there a practice that you would like to grow? If yes,what are you doing to invest in your journey?


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sugar1As soon as my eyes opened this morning I realized two important realities.  The first one was that I am starting to sleep longer hours then ever before; yay! And second, I am feeling really good about taking control of my life again.  Taking sugar out of my diet is really just a start.  With this one step, I am also seeing a few more changes in how I am walking in the world.  I am:

  1. believing I can be a really healthy woman.
  2. not stressing over momentary lapses of forgetfulness.  Did you know that lemonade has sugar? 😉
  3. listening to my body more.  When I need to rest, I am allowing myself to do so.
  4. not drinking enough water or eating healthy enough foods throughout the day.
  5. enjoying having herbal teas at coffee houses.

The bottom-line is that I am finding new norms for how to handle stress and exhaustion.  I am not grabbing for sugar, so I have to find substitutes.  Herbal tea is great! Yesterday I had two cups of a peppermint-chamomile tea that was amazing.

The journey to health and eliminating sugar is not easy, but it is the right thing to do!

With light and blessings, Chava

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