Re-blog Day 3

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Today’s re-blog comes from Daniel:  “Grateful follower of HaShem, husband of one, father of two. That’s me, all of me.  I am writing again after a long dry spell in the desert and it sets me free.”   

Daniel’s writings have an amazing rhythm and flow, and yet they carry a depth of meaning that easily can be overlooked on the first read.   The post I share with you below is one that I keep coming back to read again and again, because it conveys many truths about what it means to live a holy life:   

The Place We Need to Be (Shadows of Sinai).

May your Thursday be blessed, jen

 

Re-blog Day 2

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Below are links to two of my favorite blog posts by Kate, who describes herself as “a wife, a mom, a nanny (my career, I don’t have grandchildren), and a christian.”  Like me, Kate’s faith is central to her life, and she hopes to instill that faith in her children.  The moment I knew Kate and I were on similar paths was when I read this: “I live in the suburbs which to me are so crowded it’s suffocating. I long to live in the countryside. I will probably mention that a lot.”

So, without further ado, I encourage you to read a post or two from Kate:

Some days I love my life. But other days……….I need God’s help..

1+1+1+1+1=1.

Happy Wednesday!  jen

 

Re-blog Day 1

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Today’s re-blog comes from Li Jiun, whose About page explains:

My main objectives to set up this blog are

1. To spread the seed of kindness and compassion to all living creatures, to make this world a beautiful place to stay.
Self Benefit and benefits other! Self awake and awaken others!
Start from yourself now, you’ll see a difference.

2. To spread positive energy with the hope to light up & cheer up people’s life.

3. Live at present. Be mindfulness & consciousness.

May you be Happy and Well!

Smile Always!

With gratitude & metta,

Li Jiun

So, without further ado, here is a blog I really enjoyed from Li Jiun —

be with nature….

Happy Tuesday!  jen

 

101, really??

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I began this blog in July two years ago, and this is my 101st post. I’d like to believe there will be 101 more, or 1001 more!, but only G-d knows what the future might hold, so I’ll just be glad I made it to 100!

I am incredibly grateful to my family and friends who have been here from the beginning, because you gave me reason to believe I wouldn’t just be speaking into a void as I tried to find my voice.  I didn’t really expect any “strangers” would follow along, but it turns out there are a few other souls out there who appreciate my attempts to find meaning in daily life, and I’m grateful for those people as well.

One of the surprising parts of this blogging experience has been the extent to which I feel a sense of community from being able to read the blogs of others who are wandering about in the same parts of the existential landscape where I wander.

Even more surprising to me is the fact that the four blogs that I’ve followed for months (because they consistently speak to me) are written by (in alphabetical order) a Buddhist, a Christian, a Jew, and a person “involved in Unity centers and other metaphysical organizations.”  That simple fact has been an incredibly powerful reminder for me that people of every religion face similar struggles trying to live a holy life in our complicated world and, though we may ascribe to different religions, our paths to peace and meaning involve many shared concepts.

I thought it might be fun over the next few days to share with you a few writings by some of those other bloggers who speak to me, because perhaps their writings will speak to some of you as well.  If so, feel free to follow their blogs in addition to, or even instead of, mine — ultimately, it’s more important to me that each of you hears G-d’s messages of Unity and Infinite Unconditional Love in a style that speaks to you, even if that means that you choose to hear it from someone else!!  Those posts will begin tomorrow morning.

May each of you find blessings throughout your day today . . .

Shavua tov, jen

Mah Rabu

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Mah Rabu
I promise you it’s true.
Take your little hand from your face,
and you’ll see it too!

 

shabbat shalom, jen

 

just FYI

“Mah Rabu” is Hebrew and means “How wonderous” and it comes from the morning prayer “Yotzeir” in which we say, “How wonderous are your works, oh G-d!”

“take your little hand from your face” is a reference to a quote attributed to the Ba’al Shem Tov — “The world is full of wonders and miracles, but man takes his little hand and covers his eyes and sees nothing.”

 

Praying with an Ego

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Praying with an Ego is like lighting a fire with wet wood — the steam can create a little warm moisture, and the sputtering and foaming can draw a lot of attention, but that wet wood, it doesn’t have much chance of starting a bonfire.

wet-wood

A bonfire requires dry wood, which quietly crackles as it allows itself to be consumed quickly, creating enough heat to cause all the wood around it to ignite as well.

Thus, to successfully build a fire, we have to be able to recognize the difference between a sputter and a crackle and then we have to be willing to set aside the one that sputters until it has sufficiently matured.

Shavua tov, jen