The Song

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Yesterday morning, as I sat on the cabin porch to say a few prayers and watch the sun rise, the wind was blowing a steady procession of waves across the lake. The waves arrived ashore with a rhythmic sloshing sound. Then, before the sun could rise, a soft rain began to fall and birds began to chatter, sing and call.

Slosh. Drip.
Slosh. Drip.
Slosh. Drip-drip.
Chirp. Chirp.
Slosh. Drip.
Chirp. Caw-caw.
Slosh. Chirp.
Caw. Drip.
Slosh. Peet-peet.
Dee dee dee duh.
Slosh. Drip. Screech!

Our world is filled with music, with the song of the universe. We all know how to hear the song — after all, humans once lived in harmony with the rhythm of that song!  Our ability to hear the Song is innate, we just have to force ourselves to stop long enough to listen . . .

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Beauty, eh?

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Yesterday, we allowed our boys to decide the route we took to Niagara Falls . . . and our reward was the most amazing sunset over fields of green crops and windmills in Canada.

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Maybe the sunset was just as beautiful in  the US, but something about letting go of control, of acknowledging that someone else was in charge of the journey, made the sunset so much more enjoyable . . .

And there’s probably a lesson there for life, if we cared to generalize, about how much more awesome and surprisingly beautiful life can be if we let go of our illusion of control over our Life’s Journey — it’s destination and the specific route we take to get there — so that we can focus instead on simply appreciating all the beautiful moments that happen along the way.

shavua tov, jen

reminders everywhere

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One of the most fascinating aspects of my Journey is that the longer I am on it, as I continue to read words that inspire me and to sit in silence so that the messages sink in, allowing wisdom to occasionally be revealed, I seem to be seeing more “signs” —  little things that before would have gone unnoticed, but that now remind me of lessons I have learned within this philosophy of life that I’m trying to adopt.

For example, last week, I managed to take a screen shot of my phone when the battery was completely empty:

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and that picture reminded me of this Truth:

True joy requires a constant emptying of yourself before G-d….

Andrew Harvey, forward at xi, in HASIDIC TALES ANNOTATED & EXPLAINED by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, 2004 Skylight Paths Publishing (Woodstock, Vt.).

It’s not always an easy task, ignoring the ego that — when I am afraid, or hurt, or emotionally vulnerable — urges me to protect myself with counter-productive defense mechanisms, rather than remain “empty” of those negative emotions, but remaining “empty” is what allows me to be present, to feel unconditional love, to offer love to others, and to experience True Joy, so I’m really glad that I’ve begun to see reminders everywhere . . . even in an empty phone battery!

praying all of you also see “reminders” that help you walk a more peaceful and loving path . . .

shavua tov, jen