A Way In Blog

Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/31/2016 - 7:20am
We with gentleness and curiosity we ask ourselves: How have I received guidance during these past two months?  When was a moment that I offered guidance or support to another? What have I discovered that will help me go forward with greater clarity or strength? Then, taking a piece of paper and a pen we spend at least 5 minutes writing,  “I feel grateful for…”  “I feel grateful for…”  We write what ever comes to mind and just keep...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/30/2016 - 8:00am
Coming into the last week of the 2 months of Adar we acknowledge some of the challenges and difficulties we might have faced during this time. Adar can demand a lot of one’s body, mind and spirit.  These months can shake us to the core by challenging our routines and habits, by questioning the roles and limits we use to define ourselves and by demanding that we face our vulnerabilities and fears. Adar, being a time of realignment of mind, body and soul, can be relentless in...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/29/2016 - 8:00am
A practice for today: A 15 Second Pause for Beauty Somewhere along our way today we pause and notice something beautiful. Stopping, we gaze at what is beautiful, feeling the sensations in our body as we do so.  For 15 seconds, with calm deep breaths, we notice and feel beauty.  Before we step forward and resume our activity we give thanks for stopping and for the restorative and healing power of Pausing for Beauty.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/28/2016 - 8:20am
Another practice for this week of  Adar Shani is to notice where our minds are taking us—are we roaming around in the past—are we leaping into the future?  Return to the present.  Now is what we have.  Now is all we can know.  We are called again and again to step fully into this moment and live from here.  This is a challenging call, it is the nature of the mind to wander and bringing it back to the present moment is a constant practice.  And each...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/27/2016 - 7:14am
As the full moon of adar shani, begins to wane we are invited to wonder about the movement and contours of time—asking ourselves to notice how much time we spend in the present moment and how much time we spend turning toward the past or reaching into the future.  This week encourages us to seek to occupy the present moment -- to feel its richness and experience its offerings. 
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/25/2016 - 12:00pm
An intention to guide us as we enter into Shabbat: Let this be a day when our senses are alive--when we notice the sights, smells and sounds around us.  Let us give mindful attention to what we taste, to what we touch. The world is alive, teeming with energy, filled with glory.  Let us stand in its midst and give thanks.   Shabbat Shalom. Blessings to all * A Time to Realign: Teachings for Adar will be posted each week on the A Way In Web page ...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/24/2016 - 7:31am
May radical uncertainty Inspire radical courage And may the miracles of this very moment Reveal ways to act for love.   Purim samayach –Joy to All
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/23/2016 - 10:30am
  May the mighty winds of Purim bring blessings of transformation and renewal.   May this holiday remind us to laugh with love   And rejoice in each other.   And, in the hidden places beyond understanding, May we touch the Mystery and the treasures Of what is becoming.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/23/2016 - 10:28am
Adar shani challenges us to notice the masks we put on to appear acceptable to ourselves and others and to perhaps let these masks fall away, allowing ourselves to be revealed in more of our fullness. * A Time to Realign: Teachings for Adar will be posted each week on the A Way In Web page and emailed to subscribers of the A Way In newsletter.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/23/2016 - 10:25am
Here is the call of the second month of Adar, Adar shani: Step out. Step forward. Revealing vulnerabilities, acknowledging fears or doubts, is courageous, honorable and beautiful. Each time we allow ourselves to be revealed, we lessen the burdens that we are carrying and we help create the context for others to reveal themselves as well.   * A Time to Realign: Teachings for Adar will be posted each week on the A Way In Web page and emailed to ...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/23/2016 - 10:21am
We are all complex beings doing our best to navigate this mysterious journey of life. Having a preconceived idea of perfection that must be reached for us to be “OK” is a disservice and a distraction to this adventure. The second month of Adar, Adar shani, calls to us: Value and celebrate the wild paradoxes, richness, challenges and blessings that make up who you are and who you will become. * A Time to Realign: Teachings for Adar will be posted each week on the A Way...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/18/2016 - 12:20pm
  Besides being a mother, a father, a daughter, a son, a teacher, a carpenter—who am I? And how do I present myself to the world? It is natural to want to “show our best,” to strive to reveal our strengths, our competence, our talents, the ways in which we excel.  As it is natural to want to keep hidden our vulnerabilities, our frailty, our pain, our sense of being inadequate.     * A Time to Realign: Teachings for Adar will be posted each week on the...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/17/2016 - 8:00am
    Who am I? How do I define myself? How do I describe the contours of my life? We might notice the inclination to respond by defining ourselves by what we do for work or by who we are related to or responsible for. All true definitions -- as well as this time -- ask us to reach deeper, to uncover more layers and to notice the parts of our selves that we are comfortable revealing and the parts of our selves that we usually keep hidden. * A Time to Realign: Teachings for Adar ...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/16/2016 - 8:00am
  Intention for Today:   I am open to transformation and change. May it come with gentleness, ease and grace.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 03/15/2016 - 8:00am
  The Mystery is Transformation. The Infinite responds in the moment we call. -- Psalm 20:10   We take our seats, settle into an awake posture, and say this prayer over and over:   The Mystery is Transformation. The Infinite responds in the moment we call.   We feel the prayer travel on the breath and watch as it moves throughout the body. We feel the prayer fill our torsos, travel down our arms and legs. We notice it filling our backs, our necks, our shoulders, our heads...

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