Week 3 - The Week of Tiferet: Radiance, Balance, Harmony, Truth
There is often a time at the end of winter
When I can’t even imagine
The green returning.
Everything has been bare for so long.
The frayed branches and the ragged earth
Seem to have nothing more to give.
And then it happens.
Small green shoots, tiny buds,
A spray of soft white flowers.
Then, all of a sudden,
And with incremental precision,
The woods are in full bloom.
Green is everywhere.
Beauty that breaks through
That bursts forth,
A great surprise.
The spontaneity of magnificent design,
And as the earth sings of returning to life,
And the leaves go from light to deep green,
And the flowers bloom bright and fade,
And fruits ripen and fall,
Let us meet these songs with our own melodies,
Melodies so aware of beauty,
Melodies so intricately woven into the unfolding joy, sadness, pain and pleasures of life
That every day.
Every single day,
Something breaks open our hearts in love.
Practices for the week of Tiferet: The 12-Second Pause
Neuroscience tells us that it takes 12 seconds to change the brain. When we gaze at something beautiful for 12 seconds, we create new neurological pathways that help focus and calm the mind.
Experiencing beauty enlivens the sprit and encourages joy, connection and kindness. It opens our hearts to gratitude and turns us toward what we love.
Once each day before we eat, we pause for 12 seconds, take notice of what we are about to partake of, enjoying the sights and the smells of the food or drink.
We say thank you to the earth and the hands that produced this nourishment and, as we take our first bites or sips, we notice the flavors, textures and sensations.
Upon finishing our meal we say thank you again.
This week, we might also take notice of how much waste is produced in getting the food we eat to us and explore ways of reducing waste through further efforts to reuse containers, recycle and compost.
- Rabbi Yael Levy
The Omer teachings you 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.
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