This is a meditation on counting. Counting as a spiritual practice can be a reminder to stay present in the current moment, the task at hand, and at the same time a reminder that we are on a journey. Tonight we begin to count the days and the weeks from Passover to Shavuot. By Counting the Omer we remember the journey from the depths of slavery to the heights of G-d’s Holy Presence. To listen along as you read, click on the triangle in the bar below.
The Season of Counting
This is the season of counting:
Of counting days and nights,
Of counting the space between slavery of the body
And freedom of the soul.
This is a season of seeing:
Of seeing earth and sky,
Of seeing renewal in the land
And renewal in our hearts.
This is a season of journey:
Of inner journeys and outer journeys
Taking us places that need us,
Places that we need.
This is the season of counting,
The season of joyous anticipation,
Of wondrous waiting, in devotion and awe,
For our most precious gift,
The gift that binds our hearts to each other across the millennia,
The gift that binds our souls to G-d’s Holy Word.
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Postscript: Here are links to prayers and meditations for each week of counting the Omer and Shavuot:
- Week One: Chesed (Lovingkindness, Love, Benevolence)
- Week Two: Gevurah (Discipline, Justice, Restraint, Awe)
- Week Three: Tiferet (Beauty, Harmony, Compassion, Truth)
- Week Four: Netzach (Eternity, Endurance, Fortitude, Ambition)
- Week Five: Hod (Humility, Splendor)
- Week Six: Yesod (Foundation, Bonding)
- Week Seven: Malchut – Nobility, Sovereignty, Leadership)
Click here for a list of Pesach prayers.
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