Day 15 - Chesed Sh’b Tiferet: Love within Beauty

Today is the fifteenth day of the Omer.

The heart breaks open with the pain and joy of being alive

and the radiance shines through the cracks.

Being awake to our lives, we experience beauty and sorrow.

May we open to receive it all with gentleness, kindness and love.

 

Practice for today:

Let your attention rest on something beautiful.

Breathe in its details, essence, fragrance.

Feel the radiance spread through your body and give thanks.

 

The mystery belongs to the Eternal

But the earth was given to us.

Not recognizing the beauty deadens the spirit.

Turning away from gratitude hardens the heart.

Together we offer praise and give thanks for all that is.

(Psalm 115:16-18)

 

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.

Please feel free to join us via call-in for live Thursday morning 8-8:30 Meditation Sits with Rabbi Yael Levy, or listen to a recording of the Sit posted on Facebook and our Web site soon afterward.

The daily teachings started on Tuesday, April 11 and continue to Shavuot, May 29. A Way In also invites you to join us for our annual retreat in the high desert of New Mexico for the last days of the Counting.

The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured recently on the Chai Haven Show on New Haven Independent radio, as well as in a 2015 New York Times article.

Each week of the Omer is associated with one of seven sefirot, manifestations of Divine attributes, that the Kabbalists associated with each week between Pesach and Shavuot. As part of your Omer practice, please consider making a donation in conjunction with a week of the Omer (and its attribute) that resonates for you. If you wish to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, we will let them know of your gift with an inspirational card.

 

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