Called out to blossom, to unfurl, to become

As we prepare for the festival of pesach and the beginning of the Omer, we are invited to share our experiences and reflections in order to deepen our connection to each other and the practices.
There are so many ways into the Passover experience—here is some of what we reflected on during A Way in Minyan this week (April 9th).  

We, along with the natural world, are being called out of winter hibernation. We are being called out to blossom, to unfurl, to become. The mystery that draws tiny green shoots through the hard earth, the mystery that opens pink buds on broken branches is calling to us. Come out into the fullness of your lives. Leave the habitual states of mind that keep you bound—let go of patterns of thought and behavior that no longer serve you well. Leave what is oppressive, leave what keeps you small and unable to grow. Leave and enter the expanse of the wilderness—and watch for guidance.

In Exodus 6:6-7 the mystery calls to all of us— (these calls are represented by the four cups of wine at the seder)
V’hotzayti—I will take you out
V’hitzalti—I will deliver you to a new place
V’ga’alti—I will help you be clear and present
V’lachati-—I will bring you into relationship with all life

And then you will know God—you will be aware of the mystery, of the holiness of all life.

The mystics taught that in mitzriyam, da’at—awareness -- was in exile
Mitzriyam was an experience of supreme disconnection—we didn’t know we were connected to each other, to the earth, to the mysterious unfolding of life
To leave mitzriyam is to enter into the spaciousness of relational consciousness –to know (da’at) we are relationship to all being. To leave mitzriyam is to be able to see ourselves in each other and to be able to see God/ the mystery in all.

This is a constant practice—we are called to leave mitzriyam again and again.

We do this, the Torah teaches ( Exodus 2:24-25), through the practices of

Mindful Listening*

Remembering

Seeing

Mindful awareness

We take on these practices for the sake of ourselves and for the sake of each other. We seek to leave mitzriyam so we can live in ways that serves the highest good. We leave mitzriyam so we can recognize ourselves in each other and act to bring forth compassion and healing for all the world.

*Mindful listening

we ask ourselves:

is what I am saying honest?

Is it helpful?

Is it appropriate/necessary?

Is it kind?

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