A Way In Blog

Rabbi Yael Levy | 01/03/2017 - 1:00pm
As we begin, again and again, Let us give thanks to all those with whom we share this journey through life. Let us recognize each other’s courage And honor each other’s willingness to act for the benefit of all. We are here for the sake of each other. Lets be strong and encourage each other to shine.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 01/02/2017 - 12:20pm
May we honor all that is ending with gratitude and strength As we turn to what is becoming with courage. And may we be mindful of the words we use to weave our narratives, Aware that each word gives shape to the past And helps determine how the future will unfold. Peace and Blessings to All    
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/23/2016 - 9:07am
To take action in the face of not knowing is courageous. To seek harmony in the contentious mind is daring. To create beauty out of the torn fragments of our lives  Is an act of love. Let us illuminate these lights in our shared sacred seasons
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/22/2016 - 6:38pm
Within each of us are the tendencies to hide, to grasp, to cling, to struggle with who we are and who we wish we could be.  And within each of is the capacity to go forward with intention and awareness and meet the encounters of lives with honesty and wisdom. May we be mindful of these tendencies and treat ourselves and each other with care.  And with love, may we call each other to live into our highest selves. If we look long enough everything changes Things come into focus...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/14/2016 - 11:11am
Whatever it is we are wrestling with Perhaps we can take a moment to pause Take a slow, calm even deep breath And ground ourselves by bringing awareness To our connection with the earth.   Sometimes the wrestling is productive and leads to vision and insight. Other times the wrestling is a distraction that leads us astray.   May our pausing help us discern What are the skillful means That will guide us in rising up To bring forth blessing In our vulnerability and strength.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/09/2016 - 12:30pm
Jacob lays himself on the earth And with a stone as a pillow Enters into a dream. A channel between the earth and the heaven appears And messengers fill the spaces in-between. And right there, beside him, The Divine Presence stands. You are here for a reason, the One says, You are here to be of service. To be of blessing To break through what you thought was possible And create something that has yet to be. Jacob wakes up in amazement and fear. He blesses the earth Asks for guidance And sets...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/06/2016 - 12:54pm
Take notice the Mystery says, I am with you And I will guard you wherever you go.  Gen 28:15 In those moments that I remember or imagine that I am not alone, my spirit is lifted and I regain my footing and my strength. May we continue to hold and guide each other and find strength in the sacred unfolding of life.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/02/2016 - 1:56pm
Our ancestors teach us to go down to the well And draw from the living waters The wisdom of the earth, The wisdom of the ages, The wisdom of the heart. To go down to the well and Draw from the waters Guidance to be strong Generous, loving.   May the mayim hayim—the living waters That nourish all life Call us present and send us forth Courageously To protect the waters, To honor the waters, To learn from its fluid strength.   Our ancestors are watching, as are our children’...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/01/2016 - 1:04pm
What would it be like to welcome the dark? To welcome what we don’t know And cannot see? What would it be like to welcome the darkness, As a friend, a teacher, A guide?   The mind can say no, The heart can constrict in fear, And darkness will come, anyway.   What if we enter the dark like a dream, And see it as a gateway to the Mystery-- A place where imagination flourishes, Where messengers appear And intuition and insights rise side by side?   Kislev, the darkest month of...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/30/2016 - 9:56am
As the month of Heshvan begins to roll into Kislev may we lift our eyes and find the willingness to see through our judgments, anger and fears and glimpse for a moment the potential for radical transformation.  Let us find our strength and courage. Let us remember the power of connection and the power of love May the Mystery that fills the Universe illuminate our paths to solidarity, transformation and peace. Blessings to all.    
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/27/2016 - 8:01pm
At the close of the Thanksgiving weekend Let’s remember that gratitude is a practice. And giving thanks, embracing joy and extending kindness Strengthens us And builds our capacity for clear, effective action.   We are in this together, let us call each other forward with love.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/25/2016 - 2:13pm
Moments pass, Days become years. And this is our life, right now.   Hesed --kindness, compassion, generosity-- Calls us to the well, Encourages us to reach deeply, To discover our offerings And then rise up full and able To give our gifts with love.   May we know we are here for each other, And sometimes we are the answer to each other’s prayers. Sometimes through conscious effort, Other times by being in the right place at the right time-- We are the answer to each other’...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/24/2016 - 9:48am
At times it is so easy to give thanks.  Gratitude flows forth from us like a fountain.  Other times our hearts our heavy, our souls are in despair and appreciation feels impossible to reach.  Wherever we find ourselves on this day, may we know we are not alone.  We are part of a web of connection of loving, caring, thoughtful and generous beings and together we will find our way forward. And wherever we find ourselves today may we be aware of the Infinite Mystery present...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/23/2016 - 9:43am
May we eat and be nourished. May we savor the fullness and be satisfied with the gifts of the moment. May we open our hearts and give thanks.                                                               ...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/22/2016 - 10:56am
As we are nearing Thanksgiving in the aftermath of the presidential election, it may be difficult for some of us to fully embrace gratitude, since many other emotions might be getting in the way.  It is helpful sometimes to focus on one person or one experience we can feel thankful for and let ourselves just be with that.  This is a time for gentle compassion toward ourselves and others as we pick ourselves up to go forward with strength. Perhaps this song by Natalie Merchant can help...

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