hazzan Diana Brewer was ordained through the aleph ordination program. she leads prayer services regularly at the jewish community of amherst, and is on the staff of the davvenen leadership training institute.

Omer Day 26 הוד שבנצח Hod SheBeNetzach

Space. Receptivity. Wow! Gratitude. Splendor. Left Foot. Humility. Vertical. Peak within Action. Will. Eternity. Endurance. Horizontal. Right Foot. Day-to-Day. Long Haul.

Wednesday, May 15

You put your Right Foot in, you put your Left Foot out... 

Today we are asked to be mindful of making Space for Humility, even as we exert our Will and Step Forward into our ever-unfolding Action adventure. Indeed, the proper exertion of the will demands Humility. There are a couple of different ways to see this. 

Humility - not to be confused with humiliation - allows us to see ourselves as we really are, as G8d sees us.  Humility acknowledges our worthiness of occupying the Space that is allotted to us. On the other hand, Humility works to counterbalance the Will, lest my Will become the sole driver of a vehicle that most definitely requires co-piloting.

Today, the Vertical and Horizontal axes meet. We see whatever Peak experiences we may have in the context of the Enduring continuum of Day-to-Day existence. We can say, “Wow!” And move on with Gratitude, knowing that the level of emotional intensity involved in a Peak experience is not actually sustainable.  

So, do the Hokey Pokey today. Step into the Space that you are meant to occupy. Leave some Space to be Receptive to whatever may come in when you least expect it. Look up and move Forward. 

Omer 27 יסוד שבנצח Yesod SheBeNetzach

Omer Day 25 נצח שבנצח Netzach SheBeNetzach