Compassion / Balance / Beauty within Splendor / Humility
Tonight (Monday night) at sundown, we begin the day of compassion, balance, and beauty within the week of humble splendor. The quality of Hod can also be understood through hoda’ah — gratitude.
Where are there opportunities for splendor, for you, this week? Where is your life calling you to accept that you’re not in control — and where is your life offering you opportunities for gratitude?
Is your spiritual immune system keeping you healthy and whole, or do you need to further filter what you’re consuming in order to feel healthy and whole? How might your life change if you chose gratitude and compassion as your “filters” for everyday life?
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 thirty-one days, which are four weeks and three days, of the Omer!