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.
—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.
The daily teachings 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 at 8:30PM EST Rabbi Yael offers a teaching about the week and the day of the Omer, and we 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.