Omer Day 13
28 Nisan 5780
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Today’s practice, connection (Yesod) within discipline (Gevurah) invokes the justice and equity idea of Relationship before Task. Too often we’re pushed to overemphasize the completion of tasks, productivity, consumption, and achievement, even in our personal relationships. But as so many are struggling with isolation and disconnection, now is a time when more than ever we need to place our focus on relationship and connection.
For inspiration we might think to the myriad of Jewish stories wherein our ancestors hear the voice of G!d. Yet rather than responding as we might expect, responding with “what do you need from me” or “what must I do?” our ancestors respond Hineni: I am here. I am present and in relationship with you the divine.
So today’s practice is simple: we seek to increase the sacredness and health of our relationships by simply reaching out to those in our lives who need to know that we are here for them and with them.
☀️Omer Day 13 practice [28 Nisan 5780 | Wednesday 22 April 2020] ☀️
- Write a list of 5-7 people you’ve been thinking of and/or meaning to reach out to during this time and haven’t (1-2 minutes)
- Send a short note to each person (text, email, voice memo) saying hi, letting them know you’re thinking about them, asking how they’re doing, etc; don’t overthink it! (5-6 minutes)
- Follow up as appropriate but don’t let the *task* of following up overburden you!
- Smartphone or computer
- Notebook or scratchpaper for listmaking (this can also be done on phone/computer)
✨Practice Notes ✨
- This is sort of a lightning round of correspondence; too often we get caught up in overthinking all the things we want or meant to say to people in our lives — this is an opportunity to set all that aside and just reach out, connect, and help strengthen relationship;
- Choose a medium that will both create the least friction to send and feel the most meaningful and authentic;
- You may want to consider who in your life may be feeling particularly isolated and/or disconnected during this time, who needs extra support, etc while also recognizing that everyone is struggling and many folks have struggles not readily apparent on the surface;
☀️This post is part of our Omer Wellness Series – a daily 7-minute opportunity for introspection and intentional focus on caring for ourselves, each other, and our environment in this incredibly challenging time.☀️
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