Sixteen Days of the Omer 5778

Today is sixteen days, which is two weeks and two days of the Omer. גבורה / דין שבתפארת/ שבאמת שברחמים. Gevurah / Din of Tiferet / Emet / Rachamim. Power / Judgement of Beauty / Truth / Compassion.

First, there is power in beauty. The truth is powerful. Compassion is strong. Own this level of power. It is not what the world normally describes as powerful. Sink into the power you have as a compassionate, truthful person.

Second, the boundaries you create around your compassion are as important as the compassion you express. Hold part of yourself for yourself. You don’t have to be an open book to be authentic. There can be different levels to your truthfulness about your essence. Protecting yourself is an important aspect of growth.

Just as we know discipline can be compassionate, so too can limiting compassion be soul nourishing for everyone involved. My kids don’t have to watch Paw Patrol all day – eventually, they get over having the TV turned off. My friends don’t need all of my time; they understand I have my own responsibilities to get to. My husband doesn’t have to be understanding of every time I forget to put the dishes in the sink, or when I’m tired and start yelling instead of talking. He too can limit his compassion and hold space for his own needs.

May you nurture your boundaries, honor your own needs, and feel the strength, Truth, and beauty of limited compassion.

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