Day 40 - Hod Sh’b Yesod: Presence within Connection
Grounding ourselves in the moment through gratitude and awareness
Opening to the calls of our lives
Practice for today:
Sit for 5, 10, 15 minutes. Bring your attention to your breath.
After a few moments, say to your heart, Hineni— Here I am, present, open, willing. Continue repeating Hineni with each breath.
When you become aware of your mind wandering, gently, and with compassion, bring yourself back to the moment by saying to yourself, Hineni— Here I am. Close your sit by giving thanks.
Bring this practice into the day – pausing at various times to say to
yourself, Hineni— Here I am.
Source of All, You have opened my understanding. You have made it known
that You do not desire sacrifices, sin offerings or burnt offerings.
Rather, what you desire is for me to say:
Here I am, I have come with the scroll of the book
that is written upon me. My deepest yearnings
are to act in alignment with your will
and to live the truths that you placed within me.
—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 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. 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.
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