Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Earth Etude for Elul 2 - Anticipation

by Judith Felsen

My King, Your gentle breezes late in Av
are felt as invitations all of which do whisper
of our meeting in Your fields.
The trails we carve of our teshuvah
are the inner journey,
clearings of atonement
cut with our corrections
all paths of prayer
sincerely speaking to our oneness.
Av’s daily sun warms travels of the heart
and strengthens our resolve to come to You.
Your nighttime cairns, all glittering stars
and shimmering moon light nights of inspiration
filled with study of Your Torah
and deep reflection of the soul.
As this moon wanes, anticipation grows
with yearnings for our closeness,
love’s connection, and our rendezvous.
On grateful heels, knees bent in welcome of respect and awe,
our walk to You is coached by words of blessings’ joys
as curses’ cautions, warnings and Your admonitions
also aid and guide our way.
And so the darkened moon does harken our connection
this Aliyah, our meeting in Your fields
which we have sown with our teshuvah,
harvesting correction, change, and Your forgiveness,
farming always with Your love.

Copyright 2014 Judith Felsen, Ph.D. Used by permission.

Judith Felsen holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, certificates in hypnotherapy, NLP, Eriksonian Hypnosis , and Sacred Plant Medicine. She is a dancer of sacred circle dance, an AMC kitchen crew , taril information volunteer, trail adopter, and daily student of Torah and Judaism. She is enrolled in Rabbinical Seminary International. She has studied Buddhism, A Course in Miracles, and other mystical traditions. She is a hiker, walker, runner, and lives in the White Mountains with her husband and two large dogs. Her life centers around her Jewish studies and daily application.

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