Six Days of the Omer 5778, Yesod ShebeChesed

Today is six days of the Omer. יסוד שבחסד, Yesod ShebeChesed, Foundation of Love / Grace.

Yesod channels the energy of all of the Sephirot above it on a Kabbalistic map and pushes them forth into material reality. While traditionally connected to the penis, its meaning is deeper than a heteronormative understanding of human relationships.

Balancing the endurance of Netzach with the glory of Hod, Yesod is the foundation those pillars stand on. How we manifest love and grace in our thoughts and actions is determined by how much we cultivate and create space within ourselves.

What is your initial reaction to adversity? Do you yell in anger or castigate yourself? When are you able to rise above the trouble around you and what trips you up?

Today, I sang Modah Ani while my children yelled. It felt good not to be dragged into their difficulty transitioning from one activity to another. I may not have had the presence to rise above my circumstances if I wasn’t counting the Omer.

The world is a turbulent place. It feels more divided than at any other time I can remember. And yet, we can choose how to engage. I’m not suggesting rose colored glasses — I’m saying that inner calm, and a foundation of pure love connected to the grace that supports the world, will help you and the world far more than anger, depression, fear, or resentment.

Consider what tactics connect you to the foundation of grace within you. Decide how to build scaffolding to support the love that flows through you. May you feel blessed by your ability to connect lovingly with others. May you have the strength to speak and act from love all day.

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  1. Pingback: Foundation within Flow, Yesod ShebeChesed: Day Six of the Omer, 5781 - Rabbi (in-training) Minster

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