day 45 of Omer HaTeshuvah begins the evening of August 4, 2020 (15 Av)
qualities of focus: Malkhut / Shekhina (Divine Presence) and Tiferet (Balance, Beauty)
the practice of Omer HaTeshuvah
Read, say or chant any or all of the following:
This is Day 45 of Omer HaTeshuvah, of counting down the days as we turn towards Rosh HaShana.
Echad, yachid, u-m’yuchad. Echad, yachid, u-m’yuchad.
One, only One, all together One. (English from Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi, z’l.)
One, every single One, each one joined and united with the One. (English source unknown.)
poetic meditations to help on your journey
Here are two poetic offerings to help with today’s journey.
The first is a meditation on the qualities of Balance, Harmony, and Divine Presence.
The second is a prayer to the Shekhina. This is a prayer for our better selves to prevail. It’s about our collective co-creation of tikkun olam (healing and transformation of the world), for the sake of Holy Blessed One-ness.
other practices you might try
- Consider the questions, feelings or thoughts that arise as you today’s meditation, and journal what comes up for you.
- Chant the words “tiferet b’malkhut” using any melody or chanting modality that works for you.
- Sit quietly and notice your breathing. As you consider the qualities associated with this day, notice what comes up in your body. Breathe into any areas that need attention, letting out unneeded tension as you exhale.
- Stand, sit, walk, or look outside, and notice where you find a sense of Divine Presence.
- You might also like to try using this kabbalistic verse about unity and unification. “L’shem yichud kudsha brichu u-shechinteh,l’shem yichud kudsha brichu u-shechinteh. For the sake of Holy Blessed One-ness, unifying with Shekhinah, Divine Presence in our lives.”
- Invoke the name of God using the pronunciation of each Hebrew letter of the four-letter Name Y-H-V-H. It goes like this. “Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei, Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei, Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei, Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei.“
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more about this day
Today is about Tiferet (Balance / Harmony), and Malkhut (Sovereignty). Malkhut is also Shekhina (Divine Presence.)
Tiferet, in the practice of Omer HaTeshuvah, is about nurturing a sense of balance, beauty, and harmony in our lives. It’s about noticing what makes these possible, and finding ways to nourish that in our lives. It’s also about restoring a sense of equilibrium when things are out of balance, especially in our relationships with others. We do this, in part, through the practice of compassion and forgiveness. Teshuvah.
Malkhut/Shekhina is about Divine Presence, and about nurturing presence in ourselves – presence to suffering, to joy, to injustice, to hope, to destruction, to creativity – to all that life puts in front of us.
Shekhina is also the Divine Feminine, which has often been hidden or obscured from view through much of patriarchal history. Some have been reclaiming the Divine Feminine in Judaism in recent decades, since modern feminism came on the scene. A prominent example of this is found in the work of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.
The bottom line for today is this – notice what restores you to Balance, what reminds you of Beauty, where you experience Harmony, whether within yourself, or in the world around you. Express your gratitude. Divine Presence.
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