How to Count the Omer Pt. 4: Working with the Daily and Weekly Spiritual Qualities
Each of the seven weeks and each of the 49 days has its own spiritual quality. At the beginning of each week, there are intentions and suggestions for practices to help focus your attention.
There is a teaching for each day, highlighting that day’s unique combination of qualities along with a teaching and a prayer.
• Notice what each day brings. Notice your responses and insights to the qualities and how they feel in your body. Certain days or weeks might bring up difficult emotions. The practice is to be with them as best you can.
• You might want to make a note of days or weeks that are particularly difficult or joyful to see if you can discern a pattern that could be helpful to your self-understanding.
• Be gentle with yourself as you take this journey. It is a powerful practice that works on many layers of consciousness and awareness. The mystics teach that our counting brings forth blessing and healing for all the world.
Ken yihi ratzon. May it be so.
The Omer teachings you will see here and can receive as nightly email reminders by signing up for our mailing list, are taken from Rabbi Yael Levy's Omer guide, Journey through the Wilderness, which is available as a whole in print or as an ebook.
The daily teachings will begin Saturday April 20, 2019, and continue to Shavuot, June 8. Also this year, for the first time, A Way In is offering the opportunity to count together one night a week on Zoom, guided live on video by Rabbi Yael Levy. Every Monday evening Rabbi Yael will offer a teaching about the week and the day of the Omer, and we will stand together and count the new day. Counting together strengthens and helps inspire our experience and practice. Go to instructions for connecting with Zoom.
The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured in a 2015 New York Times article.