Week 2 - The Week of Gevurah: Discernment and Strength
In this second week of the Omer, we enter into the realm of Gevurah -- discernment, judgment, strength.
Gevurah calls us to open our awareness and perceive the world with awe.
Life unfolds in Mystery. Understanding is elusive. The world we live in is a place of paradox and contradiction.
This world is filled with beauty and splendor, blessings and joys.
And it is saturated with tragedy, devastation, loss and pain.
Cultivate the capacity to hold paradox, Gevurah teaches.
Don’t let pain obscure joy.
Don’t let loss deny love.
And don’t allow the desire for certainty to dismiss the Mysterious.
See the miraculous.
Feel the spirit of life in each breath.
Practice being amazed
And don’t duck from what is difficult.
Allow vulnerability, uncertainty and sadness to offer their teachings as they pass through.
The energizing vitality of the Universe is with us and even when we feel alone the Sacred Presence fills us and holds us close.
Practices for Gevurah
Minding our psychic space:
Gevurah offers the gifts of boundaries and limitations and urges us to make wise choices about what we let into our psychic spaces. With all that is going on in our country and the world, it can be very easy to spend a lot of time listening to and reading news. While it is imperative to informed and aware, sometimes an overabundance of news knocks us off balance and makes it more difficult for us to see clearly and act effectively.
This second week of the Omer, we give special attention to the amount of information we take in, noticing when we turn toward the news and what is motivating us to do so.
Paying attention to our physical and emotional responses, we explore how much news is helpful for us to receive and when we have reached overload. We set boundaries determining how, when and where we will engage with the news, trusting that at times the wise choice is to turn our attention elsewhere.
This week we also make it a practice to listen to music and notice how this affects our physical and emotional well-being.
And each day we pause, lift our eyes and give thanks for something that amazes us.
The Mystery is high upon the earth and the strength of love prevails for all who turn toward awe. -- Psalm 103:11