Harmony / Compassion / Balance within Boundaried Strength
This is the day of tiferet she’b’gevurah, harmony and balance within boundaries and strength.
Feel your own strength — physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Use your strengths to strive for harmony and compassion in your life. Can you relate to others with a combination of harmony and strength? Can you relate to yourself that way?
Rabbi Yael Levy writes, in Journey Through the Wilderness: a Mindfulness Approach to the Ancient Jewish Practice of Counting the Omer:
The strength to yield
The willingness to hold our judgements lightly
The radiance of a generous heart that sees clearly
and guides us in valuing what is difficult, what is different.
This is the tenth step toward Shavuot, toward revelation, toward Sinai.
As I count the Omer, let my counting create a tikkun, a healing, between transcendence and immanence, God far above and God deep within.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הַעולָם, אָשֶר קִדשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ אַל סְפִירַת הַעמֶר.
Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu ruach ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, breath of life, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is the tenth day, which make one week and three days, of the Omer!