Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘nurture my soul’

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.

 

Honoring myself would be returning to this beautiful spot and realzing wherever I am is the 'congested area'.

Being alone is sometimes the gift we give ourselves.

 

Middah (character trait) focus:  honoring myself

 

“anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.”
~ David Whyte (excerpt from Sweet Darkness)
from The House of Belonging

This has been a painful few years; I have lost beloved friends because one or both of us has decided that our connection isn’t healthy for one another.  Sometimes the sadness is overwhelming, but the reality is that life is too precious for doing that which doesn’t bring us to the place we want to be.

When I consider what a middah (character trait) is, I consider the attributes of what makes me a more whole person.  As long as I am honoring myself by surrounding myself with people that jazz my soul then life is good.  And while I may be sad to lose those I love, it is ok in the end.  The journey might hurt, but in truth why should we be with people that don’t jazz our soul and lift us to a better place.

May we all be blessed to find the people in our world that nurture our spirits and allow us to nurture their spirits too.  And remember sometimes being alone with ourselves is the doorway to honoring oneself.

With light and blessings, Chava

Read Full Post »

The world is full of infinite possibilities, but still I have to take the first step. ~Chava Gal-Or

My hope is to relive my running days by beginning a new running/jogging journey with these awesome new shoes. Took the first step by purchasing the shoes…now for the rest of the journey. . . .

Writing Elul Reflections has been a profound practice for me.  Thanks for joining in my journey and sometimes sharing your thoughts.

One of the most precious gifts about this journey was taking the time to actually reflect thoughts that often surface for me.  Grappling with these thoughts has been huge for me; taking the time to write about my thoughts has also helped me to feel more balanced as I go into 5773, the Jewish New Year.

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
~Joan Didion

Through Elul Reflections, I have begun to realize that I have three non-negotiables in my life:

  1. A writing  practice needs to be part of my daily life.
  2. Whenever possible, I need to spend time with people that nurture my soul.
  3. There is enormous power in silence and solitude.

With that in mind, I will be taking some time over the next 10 days, Yomim Noraim* to build these three practices into my daily life.  My guess and my hope is that I will appear a little more silent in all areas of my life and that I will become a little more present for myself.

Balance doesn’t just happen.  In order to achieve balance, you need to create the space that makes it possible to occur.  My hope is that by continuing my Elul journey and doing more of the sacred work as the New Year begins, I will create the space that allows for more harmony within my life.

May it be so.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.  May you and your loved experience an abundance of blessings, good health, and light as you embrace 5773.

With love and light,

Chava

*The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur. (http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday3.htm)

Read Full Post »