5779 Chanukah Day 3 - Sitting in the Light of Chesed
Lifting up the Lights: A Rededication to the Sacred
Chanukah Day 3
Sitting in the light of Chesed — Generous, Loving Kindness
The psalmist calls, The Universe, through all time and space, is built on loving-kindness. (Psalm 89:3)
Sometimes the love that weaves creation is easily perceived and we celebrate and give thanks for the abundant generosity and goodness that arises.
Other times, as we experience and witness tragedy, injustice and horrors, it can feel impossible to acknowledge that love flows through all. On this third day of Chanukah we sit with chesed, abundant love, generosity and kindness, no matter where we are or what we are experiencing. We remind ourselves that we don’t have to create the love; we don’t even have to believe in it. This day invites us to hear the psalmist sing, The world is built on loving kindness, and let this song embrace and hold us.
Meditation for the 3rd day of Chanukah: Sitting in the light of Chesed Generous, Loving Kindness
Taking our seats, we set an intention to sit held by chesed, abundant love, generosity and kindness. Letting the attention rest on the breath, we open to the flow of chesed. With each breath we imagine chesed softly and gently flowing through us. With each breath, we feel chesed moving though the body, filling us and coming through us with grace and ease. Each time we notice the mind wandering, or challenging or belittling this intention, we breathe chesed into the arising thought and return to the breath.
At the close of the sit we say the phrase of the psalmist:
The world is build on loving kindness and we affirm that chesed comes through and lifts us all.
—Rabbi Yael Levy
27 Kislev 5779
A Way In Chanukah 5779
This year A Way In has a variety of resources for a meaningful, mindful Chanukah. As an A Way In Instagram follower, you will be able to read and practice 8 NIGHTLY Jewish Mindfulness blessings and intentions from Rabbi Yael Levy.
These teachings will only be available in the A Way In Instagram stoies, and gathered together in a downloadable PDF, "Lifting Up the Lights," available to new and current newsletter subscribers and in our Instagram bio. Follow now
DAILY intentions from the Rededication to the Sacred series are meant to guide meditations during the eight Chanukah days. These will be available for our newsletter subscribers (subscribe here), and our followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
It is traditional to sing Hallel on each night of Chanukah. "Chanukah Lights: Psalms of Hallel," Rabbi Yael's e-book translation of the Psalms of Hallel (Psalms 113 to 118), is available for $4.99. Purchase the book.