Omer Day 21
6 Iyar 5780
Thursday 30 April 2020
As we conclude our week of Tiferet (compassion) we focus on majesty and calm presence even amidst chaos and uncertainty in a practice contributed by Nate Looney, JOC Recruiter at Avodah and Owner + CEO of Westside Urban Gardens, an urban agricultural company based in Los Angeles. Nate brings his experience as an entrepreneur, strategist, US Army Veteran, and urban farmer to his work and this practice. Even and especially in the many moments of stress and chaos so many of us are facing daily during these times, we hope this practice will strengthen your ability to create calm and more effectively face and resolve challenge.
☀️Omer Day 21 practice [6 Iyar 5780 | Thursday 30 April 2020]☀️
- Think of a challenge or issue creating stress for you right now. In just one or two sentences make a note of the problem in your journal / notebook. (1 minute)
- Set the notebook aside and assume a comfortable grounded position, eyes closed, feet on the ground. Set a timer for 3 minutes and begin the mindfulness grounding practice:
- Get Present – Bring your awareness from the mind to the body.
- Controlled Breathing – Focus on breathing, deep breathing with the intention of bringing heart rate down.
- Plan of Action – Returning to your notebook, journal your most immediate next steps and create a plan of action. (3 minutes)
- Journal or Notebook
- Comfortable & quiet place to sit
✨Practice Notes ✨
- Today’s breathing practice is particularly focused on bringing calm to the body during times of stress. Bring your attention to the body, feel your heartbeat, breathe deeply and slowly.
- If you notice this practice creating anxiety (e.g. it doesn’t feel like it’s “working”) try to keep a neutral objective mind: notice any and all feelings arising within you, accept that they are present in the moment, try to let them pass through you and return to focus on the breath and heartbeat.
☀️ 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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