Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 15 of the Omer

In the third week of the Omer, we consider the Divine Attribute of Tiferet, Balance or Harmony, and we begin by experiencing and striving for Chesed in Tiferet - Lovingkindness in Harmony.


Water is soothing, both by touch and by sound. A warm bath, a hot shower, a swim in a lake on a hot day; the sound of a bubbling brook, crashing ocean waves, or a gentle rain in summer - all have the capacity to soothe and calm us.


This simple molecule of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen is crucial  for life. About 75% of our body mass is water, and water is vital to the well being of every cell in our bodies. We need to take in water regularly - not just any water, but fresh water, clean enough to be healthy and not harmful. The harmony and well-being of our bodies are dependent on water.

Let us allow the water we see and feel and hear to bring us a sense of calmness. Let us take water into our bodies regularly, maintaining the harmony of our physical selves, that we may allow the calmness we feel at one moment to spread throughout our day and to help us keep our minds and our souls in harmony. Let us allow the calmness we feel to spread our love outward into the world, and increase the level of harmony in the world.

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam, asher kid-shanu b'mitzvotav, vitzivanu, al sefirat ha'omer.

Blessed are you Adonai our G!d, ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us with mitzvot and commands us regarding the counting of the Omer.

Today is fifteen days which is two weeks and one day of the Omer.

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