Thursday, April 23, 2015

Learning from the Maya - Can We? Omer Day 20

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
There is currently a wonderful exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.
There is much we could learn from the Maya.

We could learn to feed ourselves through locally grown food.
We could learn that out of suffering and shadows can come rebirth and renewal.

We could learn that all that is beyond our comprehension can bring us life-giving rain in due time, but also superstorms that bring devastation and disaster in their wake.

We could learn that if we want too much, if we insist on building too many "glorious buildings," we can, in the process, bring about our own demise.

The Maya built huge cities and had a vibrant civilization. Their cities and the civilization are in ruins.

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There is much we could learn from the Maya.

Today is Day 20, which is two weeks and six days of the Omer.
Today is Day 21, which is two weeks and six days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network.

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