Teachings for all Chesed days.
The continual flow of love in the universe Love without limit The journey begins with an invitation to know that we are loved absolutely. This shall be my meditation day and night: I am loved, I am cherished for being exactly who I am. And through this love I bring forth blessing. Practice for today: Sit and bring attention to your breath. Feel the breath moving through your body. Notice the sensations as the breath enters in and as the breath goes forth. After a few minutes say to yourself, I am loved. Watch what happens in your body as you continue to say with each breath, I am loved. When you are ready, close the sit by saying to your heart, Through this love, I bring forth blessing. Fulfilled are those who walk in simplicity, guided by the Mystery. Content are those who are mindful of what is important And go forward with an open heart. Psalm 119:12Bb
What is it to be a human being — so vulnerable, so fragile, and at the same time only slightly less than gods, strong and powerful, crowned with splendor?
— Psalm 8:5-6
Feeling our power and strength and making the decision to infuse our actions with kindness and generosity
We ask ourselves in each encounter: What is the wise and compassionate choice?
Practice for today:
Judge everyone on the side of merit.
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—— Pirke Avot 1:6
The heart breaks open with the pain and joy of being alive and the radiance shines through the cracks. Being awake to our lives, we experience beauty and sorrow. May we open to receive it all with gentleness, kindness and love. Practice for today: Let your attention rest on something beautiful. Breath in its details, essence, fragrance. Feel the radiance spread through your body and give thanks. The mystery belongs to the Eternal But the earth was given to us. Not recognizing the beauty deadens the spirit. Turning away from gratitude hardens the heart. Together we offer praise and give thanks for all that is. — Psalm 115:16-18
Our acts of kindness and generosity endure. Trust in your capacity to act with compassion and notice how it feels in your body when you respond to yourself and others with empathy. Our loving actions bring forth healing. Practice for today: Ask yourself am I speaking truthfully? Is what I am saying helpful? Is what I am saying kind? Is what I am saying necessary and appropriate to the moment? For the sake of my brothers, my sisters and friends, I will speak for peace; For the sake of creation, I will seek well-being for all. — Psalm 22:27 — Psalm 122:8-9
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. —Psalm 29:11
For with you is the source of life, in your light we see light Connecting to the love and generosity that flows to us from the Mystery. Opening ourselves to the Source so our actions are filled with kindness and grace. Practice for today: Make a commitment today to listen well. When someone is speaking, listen with your whole body. Listen without trying to form a response. Listen to the words being spoken and listen to the currents underneath the words. Practice listening with compassion. How essential is the flow of Divine Love. Here we take refuge. .
Love that flows through us into the world Today we let our thoughts dwell on the experiences of the heart. Practice for today: We ask ourselves: In what situations do I feel generous and loving? When do I feel myself closing down and turning away? Who has loved me well? To whom have I opened my heart? Send forth Divine light and truth, they will guide me and bring me to the holy mountain, to where the Sacred Presence dwells. There I will come toward the Mystery in gladness and joy and give thanks. The Mystery is revealed though love. — Psalm 43:3-4