The Week of Tiferet
The third week of the Omer is in Tiferet, the heart space. Each day the meditations, realizations and conversation weave their way through me as I walk further into the desert. The passing of souls and the pain of others bring me to tears this week. I watch energy move. I am grateful.
I light a candle and focus on the unspeakable name of God. Yod Hey Vav Hey. I breath into the heart space. Nothing is perfect in meditation. The only thing that has to be done is showing up and breathing. All you need is the willingness to sit. Sit in silence. Sit and contemplate. Sit and watch the inner mind movie play out in your head. Sit and wait for the name of God to come back. Sit and focus again. Sit and the heart space lights up. Yod Hey Vav Hey.
Selfcare makes my heart space lights up. Sleep, sex, energy, and food challenge me. There is no quick fix. I give myself the gift of going to see my massage therapist. She moves the energies stuck in my body. We heal ourselves and we heal each other. I discover the little things are the big things. Perfection is at times nothing more than sharing pizza and the NFL draft. I show up for friends, I am hugged and greeted by smile. People’s honesty brings tears to my eyes. There is laughter and sorrow and I am in the middle of the boat.
The silhouette of Adonai can be seen in everyone. Tselem is the Hebrew word for silhouette. Yod Hey Vav Hey. Stack the letters on top of one another. Take the Yod place it over the Hey, then the Vav and then over the other Hey. It becomes person-like in form. Tselem, the silhouette. The Yod is where the head is, the Hey is where the arms and shoulders are, the Vav is where the spine is, and the second Hey is where the legs and pelvis are. My challenge was that I did not see people as the representation of the Tselem of Adonai but what my judgmental mind labeled them. I am reminded to label everyone Yod Hey Vav Hey.
The music again was a joyous journey. A deeper search further away from Mitzrayim.
Playlist for the week
Day 15. Chesed in Tiferet. Love Alive by Heart
(a beautiful message for compassion keeping my heart open)
Day 16. Guevara in Tiferet. Heart With No Companion by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
(the polarities of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics “with a heart so vast and shattered, it will reach you anywhere”)
Day 17. Tiferet in Tiferet. This Little Light of Mine by Sam Cooke
(this song lights up my heart space)
Day 18. Netzach in Tiferet. Love Vibration by Josh Rouse
(new music find, manifesting the vibrations of love)
Day 19. Hod in Tiferet. Dance Me To the End of Love by Madeleine Peyroux
(balance and imbalance is the dance we do. My favorite cover of Leonard Cohen’s song)
Day 20. Yesod in Tiferet. Yes We Can Can by Allen Toussaint
(bringing Compassion to all parts of the world and me)
Day 21. Malchut in Tiferet. A Place in the World by Mary Chapin Carpenter
(walking in the desert, using my feet, looking for a place in the world)
What did you find?
Zack Hoffman 2017