Light of the Nations
Nowadays, it is becoming more and more fashionable for celebrities, and others, to “unplug” for a day, having learned that this is healthy for them and benefits the quality of their lives.
Jews of course have had this same understanding since receiving the Torah.
We call it Shabbat.
But Shabbat is about more than just unplugging from the outer stimulation, it is also about “connecting” with our inner life essence.
Last week I read where as more and more studies show the benefits of participating in religious services, including healthier and happier and more optimistic lives, that now atheists and agnostics have begun having communal services with a secular sermon, chanting and singing, etc.. just no mention of God.
Likewise, as studies on meditating continue to show increasingly positive health benefits, more and more people are doing it, but without including the spiritual aspects; much like yoga, which originated as a spiritual practice but for most Americans has become more of a movement exercise.
These are people who are searching, striving to improve the quality of their life, but don’t believe, or know if, there is a Powerful, Intelligence influencing the energies of existence, so they leave God out of the equation.
For believing Jews, this is not an issue. We recognize that as unlikely as it seems, and against all odds, there is something particularly unusual happening with creation, as well as with our planet, humans and with the Jewish people, and that our lives, and our world, are precious gifts… from the LifeForce of creation however we define it.
Our creed prayer, the Shema, acknowledges that the Source of Existence is One and that we have the emotional, psychological and personal capabilities and connection to “love” the Source of our blessings.
All this led me to thinking about how many degrees of separation there are between us, love, Shabbat and connecting with our life essence.
This SHHHH MMMMM AHHH, Shema meditation, is designed to assist us in moving beyond these barriers of separation, so that we can make our spiritual connection, which, as Jews, includes God.
This meditation can be done standing or sitting, whichever is most comfortable for you.
So for right now, let go of your other thoughts and distractions and direct your Kavannah, your spiritual intention, to strive to connect with your highest, most enlightened self. Make sure this includes love, and not just token love, but the purest of your love, that which arises from the deepest depth of your most sacred space.
Hear O Israel! Love the All of life with the best of who you are.
Together - Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
It feels so good to know that we are on this amazing life journey, and that at least for right now we have the opportunity to increase our awareness to more fully experience our precious gift of life.
Feels so good!
Together - Mmmmmmmmmmmmm
There is something amazing influencing existence and we are very blessed to be right here, right now.
Together - Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Listen: (Together) SHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Feels so good! MMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Get it! AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Shhh mmmmm ahhh