Day 34 - Yesod Sh’b Hod: Foundation within Presence
Today is the thirty-fourth day of the Omer
May I have the understanding to cherish the journey and care for it with all my heart. (Psalm 119:34)
Our souls yearn to live in alignment
with all creation, and at times we get so lost and far away.
The earth, trees, water and sky call,
offering to guide us back to center,
back to presence and awareness.
May we open to their wisdom and their truths.
Practice for today:
Sit and allow your imagination to be drawn to something
in the natural world that fills you with appreciation and awe: a tree; an open field; the swells of the ocean; a rock, the sky at dawn. Imagine it as fully as you can and let yourself be filled with the sensations of this vision.
Breathe into this gift of the natural world, feel its power and wisdom. As you notice your mind wander, use your breath to return again and again to the strength and insight that flows to you from creation.
Experience fully the goodness that unfolds. Content is the person who takes refuge in the mystery. (Psalm 34:4)
—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.
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.
Please note, Rabbi Yael is currently traveling and will be back to lead the Omer Zoom call for the week of Yesod which will be on Thursday May 30th (there will be no call on Monday, May 27th).
The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured in a 2015 New York Times article.