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Sacred Vessel

“it was when she dipped deep inside,
and scooped out her very essence –
and then stretched her arms outwards
with her hands full of stars –
it was when those stars passed thru
her fingers and out to the world –
it was then she understood she was a sacred vessel.
that we are all sacred vessels –
with the entire universe flowing thru us –
and all we need to do is open and be.”

© Terri St. Cloud

Elul
The treasured time between now and the new year.
Days, hours, minutes, pass. . . .each moment brings me closer to Rosh HaShana.
This is my last chance to do a cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of my soul.

I will never experience this passage of time again. While I am in awe of how I emerged with the love and devotion of many this year; I am also aware of how much I was forced to renegotiate life as I knew it. Thriving is a non-negotiable, yet I am navigating loss and mourning what was lost; I am also celebrating how the tides turn and  the many ripples soothe my core.

Now comes the holy work of grounding myself. Finding a new rhythm, processing the experiences of the last year, and creating a new spiritual space in Houston and more importantly within my nefesh, my soul.  The work is a little overwhelming, but incredibly sacred too.

Over the last year, I have felt like I was standing in quicksand on more than one occasion. And yet, I never went down. While the trek taught me a ton, it is not one that I wish on anyone else. And yet, I stretched and I grew. . . how beautiful is that.

I love that I always find good within the challenges; I love that I find beauty in nearly every chapter of life. And yet, there is a cost.  I have decided that Elul is the perfect time to go inward, to reflect, and to allow for healing.

What does a true Elul Journey look like? I seem to be in a quieter place allowing for the silence to penetrate my being. Taking time to connect with people that want to see my soul; reading writings that touch my core; and writing from the deepest parts of my heart.

My body, my mind, and my soul is reaching for the stars, clearing the fog, and striving to settle into a new rhythm.

Emerging
Thriving, reaching, living
Becoming the woman I was always meant to be.
I am making it!

Inside and out – I am trusting each step as I reflect where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am going.

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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 . . . .]

Photo Courtesy of Randall Miller: Western Minnesota

Photo Courtesy of Randall Miller:
Western Minnesota

Honoring where I am as a human being is really important. With that in mind, My blog will invest the next block of time by looking at how I am trying to take care of my body more.  Since I only have one body and my intention is to spend the second half of my life doing more for my body (and spirit too). My hope is that you will be inspired to join me in this journey by joining me or creating your own plan.  (Note: I do not know exactly what each step will look like, so if you have an idea. . .share and perhaps I will follow. :))

As I was wrapping up last night’s Omer blog http://t.co/KdoCoP9WB3, I became keenly aware that while it fabulous to move forward and heal from the tough experiences of the past, it is probably more important to remember that I have a precious vessel that needs some tending too! Every one of us has a body that needs our love and care.

I know that I am not alone when I say that I have had a lot of false starts in caring for my body. I have worked towards making healthier life choices, moving more, eating better, and taking the time to breathe more deeply.  AND I have had long periods of time when I have been super at doing all that I need to do to be a healthier person; I have also had long periods of time when I have neglected my body (and my soul too).

On Saturday morning I wrote the following on Facebook, “Take time today & every day…..UNPLUG from the world & spend sometime with yourself!”

As soon as I posted that, I went outside and took an hour plus walk with the dog.  During that time, I chanted, I listened to the birds chirp, and felt the wind blow around the lake. Loveliness.  I unplugged and took time to move my body. Later I went for a long drive with my oldest son and spend the afternoon with my dear friends.  For those hours, I was essentially unplugged.  It felt nice, but I should have done a little better better at unplugging and being more present.

This morning when I took my morning walk, I left my phone behind.  I did bring my son’s phone with me just in case I needed to reach someone in the event of an emergency. By not having my phone, I didn’t have the usual distractions of my smart phone. Again. . .loveliness.  And this time, I pushed myself to walk a little farther and move a little faster.

Saying that it is time for me to actively love my body and then doing the work is no joke. If I don’t push myself to move with purpose/intention, I won’t have the opportunity to work my heart a little harder and to care for myself a little better.  In order for me to have a healthy life, I have to exercise, eat right, sleep enough, develop lasting relationships and do whatever it takes to care for myself in the best way possible.  I am too awesome to lose sight of what I want in life.

I love life. I value the world around me. I adore my family and my friends. Taking care of me is a non-negotiable.

How about you? What are you doing to make sure that you are as healthy as possible? I’d love to hear.

With love, light, and blessings,
Chava

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