Day 31 - Tiferet Sh’b Hod: Beauty within Presence

Counting the Omer: Day 31

Today is the thirty-first day of the Omer.

Tiferet Sh’b Hod: Beauty within Presence

 

Opening to wonder, beauty, love and splendor

in the midst of our broken world

Anchoring ourselves in beauty can help us

meet pain and suffering with love.

 

May our hearts be strong and filled with courage.

May we open to guidance and love. (Psalm 31:25)

 

Practice for today:

Sit and draw your attention to something beautiful: leaves on a tree; a candle flame; a piece of art; a photo of someone you love.

Breathe the beauty into your body, and say to your heart,

May my soul be calm, may my soul be content. (Psalm 131:2)

Sit for a few minutes repeating this verse, feeling the sensations of beauty in your body. If your eyes have been open, close them and let your attention shift to a place in this world where there is great pain and despair. Let yourself become aware of the suffering. Breathe forth your prayers by saying, — May the light of the One shine on you for deliverance and love. (Psalm 31:17)

Close your sit by returning to an image of beauty and saying,

May my soul be calm, may my soul be content. May all souls be calm, may all souls be content.

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 AM Omer-themed 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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