Teachings for the Week of Hod

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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