Monday, September 19, 2011

Earth Etude for 22 Elul

Elul Greetings

When I prepare to meet my Host in the fields
how will I greet the Holy One of Blessing?

Will I offer my Lord a calloused hand,
weathered from toil at the till of my soul?

Will my back be bent by ceaseless digging
into the soil of my character?

Will my gardens of responsibility
be weeded, pruned and watered to nurture
G-d’s beauty?

How can I let this privilege slip by unattended?

How can I not prepare my self, soul and earth
for this teshuvah,
the chance for reclaimed purity,
worthy of serving and joining my Creator?

Today I lift my till, hoe, and vessel with joy
to embark on my assigned clearing,
in the service of G-d.

Judith Feldstein is a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a Certified Hypnotherapist, a Neurolinguistic Programmer, an Eriksonian Hypnosis practitioner, a Sacred Plant Medicine apprentice, and practices Sacred Circle Dance. She is also an Appalachian Mt. Club trail adopter, an Appalachian Mt. Club trail information volunteer, and enrolled in Rabbinical Seminary International. She is a hiker, walker, runner, student and teacher of A Course in Miracles, a student of Buddhism, a student of Gnosticism and mystic paths, an eldercare provider, a wife and a “mother” of several canine rescues (currently Shepherd and Neufy).

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