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 17 תפארת שבתפארת Tiferet SheBeTiferet

Beauty within Balance within Harmony within Compassion within Art within Beauty within Heart within Harmony within…

Monday, May 6

Aaaaaaahhhh… Tonight I’m going for all-out Beauty. It’s time to Balance out the negativity of the last couple of days with an overBalance of positive vibe. It is nice to be feeling Harmonious for this moment in time, so I’m just going to roll with it.

Beauty of Beauty, I went from feeling my usual ghastly state all morning to feeling that Wednesday will most likely be my “well day”. That is the day that I take when I am feeling fully restored after a bout with a bug, but continue to rest, lest I relapse. Which I do, if I don’t take that additional day.

I feel I was an effective parent today. That does not mean that everything was smooth-sailing at home. Quite the contrary, but I had some more internal Balance available to help me handle the bumps in that particular road today.

It was warm enough today that I could take some of my couch time on the swing on the front porch - plenty of blooming Beauties in plain view. The dog even ventured to join me on the swing!

Whenever I come to the other side of a slump, I ask myself why I ever expend any perfectly good brain matter on worry. I guess there’s something in there about still being a mere mortal or something like that. Perhaps there is also an element of Harmony in there. A piece of music built around one chord would grow tiresome very quickly. It is, in fact, dissonance that makes any piece of music satisfying to listen to. Good music is, in large part, an Artfully Balanced series of points of tension and release, dissonance and consonance, suspension and resolution.

Today, I can be grateful for the Harmony inherent in dissonance, as well as for the sense of relief and release when consonance is restored.

Tension, release Dissonance, consonance Suspension, resolution

May you come to see the Harmony in your dissonance. May your tensions find release and your suspensions resolution. May you revel in the inexplicable Beauty of it all!

Omer Day 18 נצח שבתפארת Netzach SheBeTiferet

Omer Day 16 גבורה שבתפארת Gevurah SheBeTiferet