Foundation within Splendor / Humility
Tonight (Thursday night) at sundown we begin the day of foundation and connection within the week of splendor and humility.
How do your foundations connect you with both your own humility, and your own splendor? Can you feel both splendid and humble (at the same time!) about your roots?
The Persian poet Rumi wrote:
I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes, they are small but they
see enormous things.
Let the “great love” inside you be your foundation as you look at the world and see the “enormous things,” signs of splendor everywhere.
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-four days, which are four weeks and six days, of the Omer!