Day 29 - Chesed Sh’b Hod: Love within Presence
Whatever is growing, whatever is coming through,
practice meeting it with love.
Where there is pain, offer compassion.
Where there is fear, reach out with tenderness.
When there is resistance, respond with patience.
Practice for today:
Make a commitment to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Begin by anchoring your attention on your breath.
As thoughts, emotions, sensations arise, say to each, The blessing of the Mystery upon you (Psalm 129:8)— and return your attention to your breath. Each time your mind wanders, bless the wandering with this verse and bring yourself back to center by taking another deep breath.
From the Mystery flows strength, from the Mystery flows peace.
—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.