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Photo courtesy of Ann Cameron Siegal!

Photo courtesy of Ann Cameron Siegal!

All of our deepest truths are paradoxical when we try to express them in ordinary, linear discourse. Quote by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

Time and again, I am amazed how challenging it is to share the deepest part of my soul or to hear the innermost feelings of others.  For me, to invite people into my world fully means sharing the layers of my being in a way that feels a little overwhelming. I am sure the same can be said for others. Each of us has a past, a skeleton that may be better left alone, but which is still part of our fabric.  We are also our dreams, our hopes, our obsessions, our darkness, and of course our light. At any given moment, we are navigating the world we live in and the world we are striving to live in.

Each and every one of us are human beings with deep thoughts and emotions.

Feelings are so complicated. Putting experiences into words can be daunting.  Life is complicated. And with that reality, simple words don’t always make sense. We use them because they are the tools we have in a world in which communication is essential.  But what does fully connecting look like? How can we intuit what is really being said when words are not enough?

Have you ever noticed how beautiful communicating can be with a lover who understands your intensity without ever needing to hear what you are thinking. They can look in your eyes and feel where you are; touch enables clarity to flow. Words can enhance what is happening, but the kindred energy is so much fuller when you can include the senses. In a different way, the same can be said for close friends and close family. In recent months, I have been blown away by the nature of all healthy relationships and I have been distressed by the connections that once were.

Words are never enough. Communication is made whole by the silence between the notes, the light or darkness in one’s eyes, a touch, or simply trust.

May each of us be blessed to experience relationships where we hear and feel heard.

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 . . . .]

‘it takes all kinds to make a world’

People's mandala - 12 hands

This world is complicated, but that doesn’t mean we should passively engage in the world around us.  In fact, we should embrace the differences that each of us have and work together to make the world a better place.

Tonight during the class I took at the Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, I found myself in awe of one of the last insights Rabbi Jonathan Kligler shared.  He explained that the Kabbalistic wisdom for today’s Counting of the Omer was about bringing the male and female energy together in the world. Isn’t that a great metaphor for life!

There are so many layers to how life evolves or works. Each person brings their own narrative, skill.s, and interests to the world.  With that in mind we need to take advantage of what each of us bring to the table and look for the ways to grow and stretch accordingly.

Everyone of us has a lot to offer; now can we find a way to work together. What ideas do you have?

With love, light, and blessings,
Chava

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