Omer Teaching Archive 2015

Divine Presence Within Majesty

Today is the forty-ninth day, making seven weeks of the Omer.
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All of us are sacred vessels, channels through which the Divine flows into this world. Each of us is uniquely formed so as to bring forth a particular aspect of the Mystery. We give thanks for all of who we are. We give thanks for our places in the mysterious unfolding of all creation. We ask that our hands be open and our hearts be pure so that our lives can be of service and, together with all beings, we will bring forth blessing. May my mouth speak wisdom, may the meditations of my heart bring forth understanding. The Holy is revealed through us. — 64 — — Psalm 49:4

Foundation Within Majesty

Today is the forty-eighth day, making six weeks and six days of the Omer.
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We give thanks for our teachers and guides. We give thanks for all we have learned. We give thanks for what our lives have revealed.
Practice for today:
We ask ourselves: What can I bring forth from the experiences of my life? What do I have to teach? How can my words and actions reflect
what I hold as most sacred?

I lift my hands to do mitzvot, I lift my hands to love.
The Mystery is revealed through connection. — 63 —
— Psalm 119:48

Openness Within Divine Presence

Today is the forty-seventh day, making six weeks and five days of the Omer.
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It all comes from the Mystery. It all returns to the Mystery. It all is the Mystery. We sit in each moment and call forth Divine light to guide us, to show us the way. Practice for today: Sit with all the sensations in your body, your breath, your heartbeat, the sensations in your arms, legs and torso. With gentleness and compassion, ask yourself to open to the guides who are here for you and to receive everything you need. The Infinite heals our broken hearts. The Mystery is revealed through patience. — Psalm 147:3

Eternity Within Divine Presence

Today is the forty-sixth day, making six weeks and four days of the Omer.
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Each moment is a seed of eternity and all there is, is now. With everything do, we weave the future and all there is, is now. Our lives extend beyond anything we will ever know and all there is, is now. In every moment we dwell in the Sacred Presence. May we act accordingly. Practice for today: We lay these questions on our hearts: What are the treasures of my life? How do I live my gratitude and blessings? The Infinite calls: “I am very close. Be still and know that I am.” The source of Infinite possibility is with us. This is our refuge and strength. — Psalm 46:2,11,12

Beauty Within Majesty

Today is the forty-fifth day, making six weeks and three days of the Omer.
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Everything is a gift from the Divine. Everything that is, everything that will be. It is all a gift from the Eternal. Keeping our hearts closed profanes the gift. Keeping our hearts closed deadens the spirit. Practice for today: We ask ourselves: What gifts have I received? What gifts have I turned away from? Where do I find meaning? My heart is astir with a good thing. And always I will bless all that is. — Psalm 45:2 — Psalm 145:1

Discernment Within Sacred Dwelling

Today is the forty-fourth day, making six weeks and two days of the Omer.
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God knows the hidden places of the heart. The strength, the power that comes through us into the world We observe our will — the ways it focuses our attention and makes possible our journeys and the ways in which our will hinders us, blocks our vision, encourages our arrogance, anger and fears. Practice for today: Notice your impatience, your defiance and inclination to do battle. Notice moments of responding to yourself and others harshly. Do your best to breathe into these moments with love. Do your best to surround these inclinations with compassion. We bow to the goodness that we are as we open to the guidance that flows through us from the Highest Will.

Love Within Divine Presence

Today is the forty-third day, making six weeks and one day of the Omer.
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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

Source Within Foundation

Today is the forty-second day, making six weeks of the Omer.
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Like a deer yearns for brooks and streams, my soul yearns for the Mystery. My soul thirsts for the Source of All, for the Source of all Life. The seeds of creativity, the sparks of clarity Vision, insight and wisdom arising We give thanks for all we have learned And pray to bring the blessings forward. Practice for today: — Psalm 42: 2-3 Take time to reflect on the experiences that have shaped you, the people that support you and the values that you stand on. We ask yourselves: What are my sacred values? Where are my roots planted? Who are my teachers? What wisdom do I hope to pass on? Offer this prayer for yourself and places in the world that need healing: Sim shalom, tova, uvracha, chayim, chen, v’chesed, v’rachamim aleynu Place upon us peace, well-being, blessing, life, grace, love and compassion. — Amida

Foundation Within Foundation

Today is the forty-first day, making five weeks and six days of the Omer.
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In integrity, I am supported. In alignment, I stand before all that is hidden. Blessed are the secrets of eternity. Here we stand, with reverence and awe Our roots firmly planted within the Mystery. Practice for today: — Psalm 41:13-14 Take time to be aware of the earth on which you walk. Feel the ground under your feet. Make contact with someone you haven’t spoken with for a while. Offer a prayer for the healing and well-being of the natural world. May my prayers be rooted May they rise like incense May the offerings of my hands be received as a gift. Psalm 141:2

Presence Within Connection

Today is the fortieth day, making five weeks and five days of the Omer.
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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. — Psalm 40:7-9

Eternity Within Connection

Today is the thirty-ninth day, making five weeks and four days of the Omer.
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The continual unfolding of all of life Everything that has ever happened has created this very moment. Everything that will ever be unfolds from here.
We call on the Source of Life to guide us And to open the path forward with grace.
Practice for today:
We ask ourselves: How do I respond to change? What gives me the faith and the courage to create connection? What gives me the faith and the courage to let go?

I am a sojourner here within the Mystery. Like all my ancestors who came before me, I seek a place to dwell.
— Psalm 39:13

Beauty Within Connection

Today is the thirty-eighth day, making five weeks and three days of the Omer.
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Touching the depths and aligning ourselves with the truth of each moment Feeling the soul shift as it moves toward balance Taking notice of the beauty in the simple and the ordinary, and declaring all life sacred Practice for today: Find a place to sit that to you is beautiful, that to you is sacred. Look around. Take in the details, the sights, sounds, smells. Close your eyes and feel the sacred within you. With a deep breath, give thanks. Close your sit by saying a prayer for the safety and well-being of others. I give thanks with all my heart. I lay myself down in the Holy Temple and give thanks for all. For love, for truth. — Psalm 138:2

Strength Within Connection

Today is the thirty-seventh day, making five weeks and two days of the Omer.
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Trust the unfolding and act well. Dwell in the land, and be nourished by faith The strength of the spiritual warrior who can discern her path and give honor to all Today we honor: The courage that is shaped by practice The guidance that is revealed through faith The clarity that comes from surrender The insight that rises with action. Practice for today: — Psalm 37:3 Take 5-10 minutes to sit. Anchor attention on the breath and feel it fill your body. After a few moments, say to your heart, I trust the unfolding and I will meet it well. Continue to say this phrase, calling your attention back as it wanders, noticing how this affirmation feels in your body and noticing the emotions it stirs. End your sit with three deep calming breaths. Commit yourself to the unfolding path, Trust And guidance will come. — Psalm 37:5

Love Within Foundation

Today is the thirty-sixth day, making five weeks and one day of the Omer.
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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. .

Flow of Gratitude

Today is the thirty-fifth day, making five weeks of the Omer.
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The earth is filled with glory. Our lives are filled with goodness. As we notice the blessings and give thanks, we create a dwelling place for the Most High. Practice for today: Let these be the first words you say upon awakening: Modah ani—I am grateful. Through out the day pause ten times and offer gratitude. Give thanks for the food you eat, for a bea Offer praise for all that is. Stand in service and offer praise. Be in each moment and offer praise. Let your soul sing, feel all the goodness and offer praise. — Psalm 135: 1-3

Foundation Within Presence

Today is the thirty-fourth day, making four weeks and six days of the Omer.
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May I have the understanding to cherish the journey and care for it with all my heart. 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 119:34 — Psalm 34:9

Presence Within Presence

Today is the thirty-third day, making four weeks and five days of the Omer.
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A resting place A moment to pause A day to stop and notice where we are on our journey We take a deep breath and give thanks for everything that has brought us to this moment. Practice for today: Find a comfortable place to sit. Notice the sensations as you take a few deep and even breaths. Offer thanks. Notice the sights, sounds, smells that surround you. Offer thanks. Close your eyes and let yourself sit for 5, 10, 15 minutes, anchoring your attention on your breath. When you notice that your mind has wandered, say “thank you” and bring your attention back to your breath. As you end your sit you can say to your heart — Abundant love fills the earth. May kindness, love and generosity be upon us all. (Psalm 33:5,22) The way forward is clear and everything unfolds in faith. — Psalm 33:4

Endurance Within Presence

Today is the thirty-second day, making four weeks and four days of the Omer.
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Opening to wonder, beauty, love and splendor in the midst of our broken world Anchoring ourselves in beauty can help us meet pain and suffering with love. why May our hearts be strong and filled with courage. May we open to guidance and love. Practice for today: — Psalm 31:25 Sit and draw your attention to something beautiful: leaves on a tree; a candle flame; a piece of art; a photo of someone you love. Breathe the beauty into your body, and say to your heart, y¶IvVpÅnZy;tIVmAm#wdø◊w—yIty...wˆ∏vI May my soul be calm, may my soul be content. (Psalm 131:2) Sit for a few minutes repeating this verse, feeling the sensations of beauty in your body. If your eyes have been open, close them and let your attention shift to a place in this world where there is great pain and despair. Let yourself become aware of the suffering. Breathe forth your prayers by saying, — May the light of the One shine on you for deliverance and love. (Psalm 31:17) Close your sit by returning to an image of beauty and saying, May my soul be calm, may my soul be content. May all souls be calm, may all souls be content.

Beauty Within Presence

Today is the thirty-first day, making four weeks and three days of the Omer.
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Opening to wonder, beauty, love and splendor in the midst of our broken world Anchoring ourselves in beauty can help us meet pain and suffering with love. May our hearts be strong and filled with courage. May we open to guidance and love. Practice for today: — Psalm 31:25 Sit and draw your attention to something beautiful: leaves on a tree; a candle flame; a piece of art; a photo of someone you love. Breathe the beauty into your body, and say to your heart, y¶IvVpÅnZy;tIVmAm#wdø◊w—yIty...wˆ∏vI May my soul be calm, may my soul be content. (Psalm 131:2) Sit for a few minutes repeating this verse, feeling the sensations of beauty in your body. If your eyes have been open, close them and let your attention shift to a place in this world where there is great pain and despair. Let yourself become aware of the suffering. Breathe forth your prayers by saying, — May the light of the One shine on you for deliverance and love. (Psalm 31:17) Close your sit by returning to an image of beauty and saying, May my soul be calm, may my soul be content. May all souls be calm, may all souls be content.

Strength Within Presence

Today is the thirtieth, making four weeks and two days of the Omer.
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The strength and humility to meet whatever life brings with kavod (honor) Practices and disciplines support our efforts and help guide our way. Practice for today: Sit for 5-10 minutes. Notice the sensations of the breath moving in and out of your body. Feel the breath fill your chest, stomach, neck and head. Watch the breath move down your arms and legs. After a few minutes of noticing these sensations, speak these words to your heart: — Life flows from the Highest Will (Psalm 30:6) — and continue to repeat these words with each breath. When you notice your mind has wandered, call your attention back by taking a deep breath into these words: Life flows from the Highest Will. I choose the path of faith and place my practices before me to guide the way. — Psalm 119:30

Love Within Presence

Today is the twenty-ninth day, making four weeks and one day of the Omer.
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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

The Flow of Eternity

Today is the twenty-eighth day, making four weeks of the Omer.
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Shechina Sh’b Netzach
THE FLOW OF ETERNITY
A song of arising: Filled with abundance are those who honor the Mystery and follow the ways of the spirit.
— Psalm 128:1

We stand in the moment and feel our connection to all that came before us and all that will come after. We remember our grandparents, our great grandparents and all those whose actions have helped to create our lives. And we remind ourselves that we, right now, are shaping the world for those who will some day call us ancestors.

Practice for today:
Reflect on the world in which your grandparents lived. Imagine the world you would like to bestow on the next generation.
The Mystery is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts all that will unfold.
Psalm 28:7

Foundation Within Eternity

Today is the twenty-seventh day, making three weeks and six days of the Omer.
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Wisdom flows through all creation. It is revealed through the trees, the mountains, the songs of the river and the sea. Each blade of grass, each rock and flower has something to teach. The Mystery is waiting to be received. Practice for today: Notice what in the natural world attracts your attention. Spend a few moments wondering what wisdom it conveys. The Mystery says to my heart: Seek my presence. The presence of all that was, all that is, all that will be, I will seek. I am grounded in the Mystery. May my heart be strong and filled with courage. I am grounded in the Mystery. — Psalm 27:8,14

Gratitude Within Eternity

Today is the twenty-sixth day, making three weeks and five days of the Omer.
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We open to whatever is unfolding in our lives and reach for gratitude. Gratitude helps lift us beyond our own pain, fears and doubt. Gratitude helps us find the strength to stand in the moment and discern the path forward. Practice for today: Give thanks before you eat. Say thank you when you see something beautiful, when you experience a moment of connection. Give thanks for all this day brings and notice how gratitude feels in your body. I will see the world through eyes of love and generosity, and walk in the truths they reveal. I will give voice to my gratitude, and speak about the wonders I behold. — Psalm 26:3,7

Eternity Within Eternity

Today is the twenty-fifth day, making three weeks and four days of the Omer.
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May we be shown the paths to travel, May we be guided in truth. May we bring to awareness compassion and love Remembering they are forever.
Everything is alive, filled with potential. All creation makes manifest the One. The Eternal fills each moment and calls us forward to shine.
Practice for today:
At some time during this day, pause and stand. Bring your attention to your feet,
and feel them grounded to the earth. Extend your shoulders back so your heart space opens;
let your hands rest facing outward by your side. Bring your attention to the crown of your head,
take a deep breath, breathing in the Mystery. Return your attention to the souls of your feet,
and breathe in the power of the earth. In the palms of your hands, feel the sensations of life around you. With a breath into your heart, feel the Mystery moving through. When you are ready, declare:

To You, Eternal Presence, I lift my soul.

— Psalm 25:4-6
— Psalm 25:1

Beauty That Endures

Today is the twenty-fourth day, making three weeks and three days of the Omer.
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The earth and all that is, is filled with Divine presence.
Beauty abounds. At times we can feel ourselves filled and surrounded by splendor. Other times all we can see is brokenness and pain. It is our responsibility to search out, notice and create beauty. And it is our responsibility to allow the beauty to inspire our empathy and encourage our acts of connection and love.
Practice for today:
Notice the beauty of nature and the beauty created by human hands. Notice what it feels like in your body to be with something beautiful. Name for yourself a way you bring beauty into this world.

Who ascends the high places? Who stands in holiness? Those with open hands and pure hearts, all who seek the presence.

— Psalm 24:1
— Psalm 24:3-4,6

Strength Within Endurance

Today is the twenty-third day, making three weeks and two days of the Omer.
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My cup overflows. We ask for the strength to do what is right, the discipline to follow through on our commitments, the perseverance to act for good, even when we don’t see the results we long for. Practice for today: — Psalm 23:5 Do one action that brings you into connection with others, that turns you toward the Mystery, that encourages awe and love, that is aimed at bringing forth good. May goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life. I will dwell in the heart of the Mystery always. — Psalm 23:6

Love Within Vision

Today is the twenty-second day, making three weeks and one day of the Omer.
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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

Majesty Within Beauty

Today is the twenty-first day, making three weeks of the Omer.
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Beauty and love are made manifest through our words and actions. Each of us, all creation, celebrates the Divine. Our lives are our offerings. May we be grounded in compassion and truth. Practice for today: Make an extra effort to care for your physical well-being. Eat well. Walk. Exercise. Stretch. Stop for a moment, take a slow even deep breath and notice the life force that flows through you and into the world. The heart trusts the flow of the Mystery and the love of the Most High. It will not be shaken. — Psalm 21:8

Connection Within the Heart

Today is the twentieth day, making two weeks and six days of the Omer.
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The Mystery brings transformation. The One answers us in the moment we call. The wellspring rises from deep within the Mystery, filling the heart with truths. Sometimes these truths are welcome and easy to contain, sometimes they are painful and cause a shattering. There is great strength to be found in opening to whatever is coming forth. Practice for today: We ask ourselves: What am I meant to learn, to discover? What truths do I need to integrate? We pray for ourselves and nine others: May my (our) gifts be remembered. May my (our) offerings be received. May my (our) heart’s yearning be granted. May my (our) clearest intentions be fulfilled. — Psalm 20:10 — Psalm 20:4-5

Being Within Beauty

Today is the nineteenth day, making two weeks and five days of the Omer.
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The light, the wisdom, the glory that rises from the unfolding of creation The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament tells of God’s works. Day after day utters speech, Night after night declares knowledge. There is no speech. There are no words. Not a sound is heard. Practice for today: — Psalm 19:2-4 Take notice of the sky and the glorious luminance of the day. Listen to the silence. Forgive yourself, forgive others. Remember that everything changes and unfolds in its own time. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be aligned with the Highest Will. — Psalm 19:15

Endurance Within the Heart

Today is the eighteenth day, making two weeks and four days of the Omer.
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God brings me out into the expanse, God releases me because God desires me.
We are God’s desire. We are being called forth to live fully, To stand in strength
to let our lights shine.
Practice for today:
We ask ourselves, What do I have to let go of to move forward?
I will act compassionately toward all. I will remember that my strength comes from the Eternal.
— Psalm 18:20
— Psalm 18:2

Balance Within the Heart

Today is the seventeenth day, making two weeks and three days of the Omer.
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Through right action I will awaken to the Divine Presence in all being. — Psalm 17:15 The natural inclination of the heart is to seek balance and truth, to be in harmony, to delight in beauty. And it is so easy to go astray, to lose our balance as confusion clouds our perceptions. It takes practice to return again and again to beauty and love. Practice for today: Take special notice of color and light. Let yourself be surprised by patterns, images and designs. When you feel off balance or notice that confusion arises, shift your attention by seeing and naming something beautiful, something that inspires love. Take notice, the Mystery calls, I am doing a new thing. Right now it is sprouting Suddenly you will know it. —— Isaiah 43:19

Discernment Within the Heart

Today is the sixteenth day, making two weeks and two days of the Omer.
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I place the One before me always. Cultivating the strength to live what is true even when it is difficult We notice the joys, pain and challenges of our hearts, letting it all rise without judgment or shame. The shining through of whatever is true brings healing. Practice for today: Take notice of what hardens your heart and what allows your heart to soften. Say these verses for yourself and for people in your life with whom there is need for healing: May my (your) heart know happiness, May my (your) soul know joy and may my (your) whole being dwell in trust. — 27 — — Psalm 16:8 — Psalm 16:9

Love Within Beauty

Today is the fifteenth day, making two weeks and one day of the Omer.
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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

Majesty Within Strength

Today is the fourteenth day, making two weeks of the Omer.
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We are all channels for the holy, here to be of service. Our lives are our offerings. May we serve with humility and strength. Practice for today: We ask ourselves, In what ways do I need to be more rigorous with myself? In what ways do I need to be more gentle? What are the practices and rituals that guide and sustain me? From the mystery, the Holy One gazes upon us to see if there is someone who has the good sense to seek God in all. — Psalm 14:2

Foundation Within Strength

Today is the thirteenth day, making one week and six days of the Omer.
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Aligning ourselves with the highest will, Grounded in the sacred fire of the earth, We pray to act for the good of all. Practice for today: Take time to feel your strengths, to give honor to your abilities. Make a commitment to use your power to bring benefit and blessing. We are called to act with righteousness, grounded in deep faith. — Psalm 119:138

Glory Within strength

Today is the twelfth day, making one week and five days of the Omer.
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Let this day be a holy vessel. Sit in whatever is. You are filled with Divine light. Feel yourself shine. Practice for today: Take some time to sit. Let your attention rest on your breath. Notice the breath moving through you. After a few minutes, imagine the breath as a clear, pure light. The light might take on color or texture. Notice its qualities. As your mind wanders, draw your attention back to your breath. With each breath in, feel yourself filled with light. With each breath out, watch the light spill out into the world. Notice that even as you breathe out, you remain filled with light. Close the sit by giving thanks. Fulfilled is a person who lives in awe, who deeply desires connection. For him, lights shine in darkness, lights of grace, compassion and justice. — 22 — — Psalm 112:1,4

Enduring Strength

Today is the eleventh day, making one week and four days of the Omer.
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The strength to go forward The ability to see beyond ourselves,
beyond our immediate circumstances Knowing that our actions unfold
beyond anything we can ever see or know
Practice for today:
Perform an action aimed at bringing benefit to others.
Great is the unfolding of the mystery, accessible to our deepest yearnings.
— Psalm 111:2

Balance Within Strength

Today is the tenth day, making one week and three days of the Omer.
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The beginning of wisdom is awe.
The strength of the spiritual warrior who remembers she is not the source of her power
— Psalm 111:10
She is the channel through which the Divine power flows.
Our lives are conceived in mystery, Our strength comes from the Most High. We bow to the Source of All
as we yield to the power that flows through us.
Practice for today:
Reflect on something you believe to be true. Feel the rightness,
the truth of this idea, this thought. Then say to yourself: I could be wrong. Sit with the sensations that arise.

Strength Within Strength

Today is the ninth day, making one week and two days of the Omer.
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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.
—— Pirke Avot 1:6

Love Within Strength

Today is the eighth day, making one week and one day of the Omer.
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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

Indwelling Presence of Love

Today is the seventh day, making one week of the Omer.
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The Mystery is my shield. The Mystery opens the path of the heart.
Freeing the path of the heart The Divine Presence calls, Wherever you are, there I am.
I abide with you.
Practice for today:
— Psalm 7:11
Notice acts of kindness and generosity that are bestowed upon you. Notice the moments you respond to yourself and others with love.
In the place I dwell — Let there be music In the darkness of night I will remember and guard the way. How to live will arise in me
as I remain mindful of the Divine presence within all being.
— Psalm 119:54-6

Rootedness Within Love

Today is the sixth day of the Omer.
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Sparks of Divinity are hidden within every person, within all experience, within all creation. Seeking these sparks, revealing these sparks, fills the world with love.
We breathe in the love that flows to us from past generations. Rooted in this love we go forward into the expanse.
Practice for today:
Take time to remember and honor the gifts and blessings you received from loved ones who have passed out of this world. Say their names aloud and give thanks for their lives.
May chesed, generous, abiding love, come through me.
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— Psalm 119:41

Presence Within Love

Today is the fifth day of the Omer.
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Being where we are rather than where we think we should be or where we wish we could be
Cultivating the capacity to be patient with ourselves and others, knowing that we are all doing the best we can in each moment
Practice for today:
Notice experiences and encounters that open your heart as well as experiences and encounters that cause you to close down and turn away. Practice noticing everything with non-judgmental awareness. Practice noticing everything with gentleness and compassion.
In your abundant chesed (love), I will enter your house. I will lay myself down in awe.
— Psalm 5:8

Eternity Within Love

Today is the fourth day of the Omer.
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The transformative power of love and generosity The acts of kindness that change us and the world Cultivating the commitment to let what we most love and value guide
our actions.
Practice for today:
We ask ourselves: When am I acting from fear?
When am I acting from anger? What inspires me to act from love?
I will travel the path of connection for You have expanded my heart.
— Psalm 119:32

Balance within Love

Today is the third day of the Omer.
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To love the world so much that everyday something breaks open our hearts
Practice for today:
Make a commitment to pause three times today to notice and name something beautiful.
It can be something you see, feel, hear, taste, touch. Breathe the beauty into your body and let it rest upon your heart.
I open to this service bestowed upon me: To live mindfully To open my eyes and behold the wonders To know that in every moment, I am only passing through.
— Psalm 119:17-19

Discernment Within Love

Today is the second day of the Omer.
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Defining the path
Creating practices that guide us in giving and receiving the Divine love
that flows through us and all the world
Practice for today: Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation We say this prayer for ourselves and others. Begin with yourself. Then pray — one at a time — for nine more people, making a minyan of blessing.
May I (you) be blessed with love, May I (you) be blessed with peace, May I (you) be blessed with well being.
With all my heart I seek the One.
— Psalm 119:10

Love within Love

Today is the first day of the Omer.
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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

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