Teachings for the Week of Yesod

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

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

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

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

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

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. .

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

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

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

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

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