The wellspring rising from deep within the Mystery. The rock that supports, sustains and brings forth our lives.
Yesod calls us to feel ourselves grounded in the Mystery and to feel the Mystery rising within us. Yesod calls us to encounter the fire, the sacred sparks at the core of creation.
We honor all that guides and sustains us. And we ask ourselves: how can I bring my truest self in the world for good?
Hod sh'b'Yesod: Presence Within Connection
Grounding ourselves in the moment through gratitude and awareness.
Opening to the calls of our lives.
Practice for today: Sit for five, 10, 15 minutes. Bring your attention to your breath. After a few moments, say to your heart, Hineni -- Here I am, present, open, willing. Continue repeating Hineni with each breath.
When you become aware of your mind wandering, gently, and with compassion, bring yourself back to the moment by saying to yourself, Hineni -- Here I am. Close your sit by giving thanks.
Bring this practice into the day -- pausing at various times to say to yourself, Hineni -- Here I am.
זֶבַח וּמִנְחָה, לֹא-חָפַצְתָּ
אָז אָמַרְתִּי, הִנֵּה-בָאתִי בִּמְגִלַּת-סֵפֶר כָּתוּב עָלָ
לַעֲשׂוֹת-רְצוֹנְךָ אֱלֹהַי חָפָצְתִּי וְתוֹרָתְךָ, בְּתוֹךְ מֵעָי
Source of All, you have opened my understanding. You have made it known
that You do not desire sacrifices, sin offerings or burnt offerings.
Rather, what you desire is for me to say:
Here I am, I have come with the scroll of the book
that is written upon me. My deepest yearnings
are to act in alignment with your will
and to live the truths that you placed within me.
For more on the Omer, join the conversation and community by visiting the liveblog on HuffPost Religion, which features blogs, prayers, art and reflections for all 49 days of spiritual renewal between Passover and Shavuot.
Follow Rabbi Yael Levy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/awayinms