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Day 28 - HineiniNearly every day, I take time to go inward through my journaling, meditation, and chanting practices, I often focus on remaining present. Breathing deeply, focusing inward, and ultimately figuring out where I am truly meant to be. This isn’t always easy because in truth I am also a bit scattered.

With Rosh HaShana on the horizon, this reflection seems more poignant than ever. Learning from those moments that I allow myself to go inward, I know that I need to navigate my life differently then I did this past year so . The goal is to ultimately show up for others as needed, but also honor my own needs.  It’s time for me to prioritize all the moving parts of my life while also creating boundaries around the things that I hold sacred.

May I always be present – not only for my family, my friends, and my world, but also for myself.

Hineini. Here I am. I am present. I am exactly where I should be.

Onward with love, light, & authenticity,
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 . . . .]

Nurturing My Create Soul

what is creativity

Writing takes guts. Drawing takes guts. Letting yourself go in creative way takes guts.

AND. . . .

For many of us, we don’t have a choice. Being creative is in our blood. For me, if I stopped being creative, a part of me would die. Metaphorically, I would become dead inside.

Many years ago, I had a painful episode with my writing.  Unfortunately, my younger son Dovi walked in me having a melt down and destroying my writing. It really was a sad state of affairs brought on when I found out that my writing had read by someone who had no right. With deep sadness, I destroyed my writing and silenced myself for many months.

Being an intuitive, Dovi knew that if I wasn’t writing that something was terribly wrong. Each and every day for the weeks and months that followed, Dovi would curl up on my lap and plead for me to write. I couldn’t do it. The pain of being invaded was too great. And yet, not writing caused an even deeper wound. It was both beautiful and profoundly sad to see the sensitivity that was embedded in my precious son.

While a part of my soul was dying as I mourned my inability to write, Dovi’s persistence forced me to work my way back to the writing life. I’ll never forget the first day he saw me sitting at my computer and writing, he sat down next to me, stunned and quiet. He asked me with all the sincerity of a seven year old if I was better now. I wasn’t and I think he knew it, but he supported me in my journey back to my happy place.

Since that episode in my life, Dovi has checked in with me each and every time I am dark or quiet for too long. He has this beautiful way of reminding me that I may need to have a writer’s date. He also loves to sit quietly watching me write. In fact, even though Dovi is often in his own world, he will ALWAYS ask me what I need to drink and eat while I am writing. He loves nothing more than to nurture my spirit by making me my favorite drink, a mint tea latte; he is clear that writing is sacred time for me and he doesn’t want me to lose my train of thought by getting up from my writing.

There are days when I don’t know how to pull my thoughts together. There are days when my writing is so poor that I am surprised if any of the words I have strung together make sense. And there are days, when my writing cleanses my heart and fuels my tears.

On other days, my words flow seamlessly and my heart beats faster and faster with each written word. Every part of my body is soaring with inner peace and contentment as the words come together to weave inspiring thoughts together.

Regardless of whether I am content, challenged, or joyful, writing is the only way that I find inner balance and connect with the world around me. If I am not writing, there is no way that I am ok.

Writing is the one love of my life that has been with me since I was a young child. It has supported me and kept my spirit at nearly every moment in my life. While I may have lost my writing for moments of my life, it was always within my grasp. Almost nothing makes me happier than writing.

May each of us remember to allow our creativity to flourish and develop for all the days of our lives.

With love, light, and blessings,
Chava

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The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~Stephen King

Beginning MAKES the Conditions Perfect!

Creating sacred or spiritual time to care for your soul takes effort.  Each and every day is a gift, yet how often do I take the time to treasure the beauty of that gift.  I yearn for the time yet I rarely take the time I need.  How can I take the time I need without neglecting my children, my work, my many to do lists, etc?

When I refrain from doing things for my soul, I find myself unbalanced in nearly every way.  I become overly focused and frustrated by small things.  I smile less.  I am a little more klutzy than usual because I am not centered.  I also get angry and frustrated more easily than when I am taking care of my soul.

With this in mind, I have decided that I need to consciously do what I am calling Commandment 3.

Take Spiritual Time Each Day means that nourish my soul.  For me there are so many levels and it is time that I create the space to make this happen.  My teacher Rabbi Shefa Gold used to speak about taking time to develop a practice.  When I am truly taking time for myself that means that I do the at least two or three different practices a day.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • chanting
  • writing
  • davening/praying
  • drumming
  • yoga (if I can find the right teacher for me-hint?)
  • early morning walks
  • hiking
  • meditating
  • journaling (drawing and writing together)

The list goes on and on, but these are practices that keep me centered and nourish me at the deepest level.  When I take care of my soul, I am healthier in every way.

The question is how much time do I need to take each day.  In truth, I need significant time, but I have to get over the hump that soul time is neglecting other responsibilities.  I am not sure how to do that, but I will start with taking an hour of soul time each day.  My guess is that that will be broken up in three to four increments throughout the day.   While this commitment feels overwhelming, it also feels necessary for my survival.

May my soul soar as I take the sacred/spiritual time I need to care for it.

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